Residents have voiced their opinions after the owner of a world-famous house with a 25ft shark sticking out of the roof was banned from listing his property on Airbnb.

Headington Shark House has beckoned visitors from across the world for overnight stays.

Oxford City Council is currently taking planning enforcement action against the property, however it is still open for bookings and its owner is appealing against the council's actions.

Julia Trinder, a previous guest, said: "I stayed at the Shark House last October, it was perfect for friends and family from near and far to reunite and catch up for a special birthday celebration."

Mark James added: "The Shark House obviously has appeal for tourist stays, for which there is huge demand in Oxford, so if you ban this from tourist use it will mean people will look for less suitable tourist accommodation, taking up residential space."

Residents have primarily blamed Oxford City Council, citing their rising annoyance towards the council's attitude towards local businesses.

Anne Byard expressed her distaste for the council, saying "nothing" it does "surprises" her.

Several locals believe the council should compensate the owner for capitalising on the property's iconic status.

Peter Brown suggested the owner should "ask the council for money as royalties as they use the house to advertise."

The council said: "The uncontrolled rise in the number of short lets in recent years deprives Oxford of much-needed homes and can cause misery in quiet neighbourhoods.

"The shark house is not in a location we consider suitable for short lets. This is why we previously refused a planning application for change of use, and why we are now taking planning enforcement action against the property.

"We will take enforcement action against other short lets without planning permission, particularly when we receive reports of antisocial behaviour and nuisance from a particular property."

Critics of Airbnb and the impact it often has on local housing markets applauded the decision.

Martin McFeely reasoned that measures like these are necessary to "stop the whole of Oxford from becoming an Airbnb" and preserve long-term rentals for locals.