What are the consequences of the growth of short-term lets in Bristol?

Perspectives from Manchester and New York

An on-line Roundtable discussion

13th September 2022 14:00-15:30 BST


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The impacts of short-term lets in cities like Manchester and New York show they are associated with neighbourhood gentrification, community displacement and skyrocketing rents.

Action On Empty Homes will be live streaming a roundtable discussion featuring experts from home and abroad to explore what these impacts may be in Bristol and what can be done.

This event was live-streamed on Action on Empty Home’s Youtube Channel and Facebook Page. Scan the QR to watch on YouTube. 


Luke Yates,  The University of Manchester  

Having completed his Ph.D. at the University of Manchester, Luke’s recent research has focussed on the conflicts and collective action surrounding the growth of platform business models such as Airbnb, with a focus on impacts in Manchester. 

Claire Colomb,  University College London  

A Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the University College of London, Claire’s current research is focused on ‘Comparing the regulation of short-term rentals in European cities’. 

Mehmet Cansoy,  Fairfield University, Connecticut

Dr. Cansoy started teaching at Fairfield University in 2018, after receiving his PhD from Boston College. He was hired as an Assistant Professor at Fairfield in 2019. His research primarily focuses on technological change and inequality.

We will also hear from Murray Cox from Inside Airbnb who will respond to the speakers.   

We then take questions from policy makers and campaigners form Bristol and Manchester attending the Roundtable and members of the public watching on Youtube and Facebook


Action On Empty homes is continuing its work on the on the phenomenon of 'Airbnbification': the process by which Airbnb lets overtake housing markets. Cities worldwide have been affected by the expanding market for short-term lets, and many residents in highly touristed communities have been displaced as a result.

To further this work, we have collaborated with two local students who have begun to explore the increasing presence of Airbnb and short-term lets within the city of Bristol. 

We hope that this event will encourage a city-wide discussion about how to best address the rise in short-term rentals, as well as provide inspiration for other communities to start their own discussions about possible action.

Scan the QR code below to go to the event on YouTube:

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