Surge of homeowners renting rooms to travellers catches lawmakers’ eyes

For British student Carly Connor, a trip to London for a city break would be impossible if she had to pay for a hotel, so instead she rents a room in a Londoner’s home.

Ms. Connor, 26, is among a growing number of people taking advantage of a surge in the number of homeowners offering to rent out a room for a night or longer, with the cash a welcome addition to recession-squeezed budgets.

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