Short-Term Rental Regulations in London, UK 2018-05-24T14:24:56+00:00

Short-Term Rental Regulations in London, UK

Short-Term Rental Regulations in London, UK

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London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south east of the island of Great Britain, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. It was founded by the Romans, who named it Londinium. London’s ancient core, the City of London, largely retains its 1.12-square-mile (2.9 km2) medieval boundaries. Since at least the 19th century, “London” has also referred to the metropolis around this core, historically split between Middlesex, Essex, Surrey, Kent and Hertfordshire, which today largely makes up Greater London, a region governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

Summary of Short Term Rental Regulations

1. Nightly Lets

Short-Term Regulations in London, UK – Nightly Let, also known as short-term let (STL), is the occupation of a property by the same person(s) for less than 90 consecutive nights.

Before the Deregulation Act 2015 came into force, planning permission was needed for every short-term let of a property.

However, the Deregulation Act 2015 amended the legislation and the short-term letting of a residential house or flat is now permitted, subject to 2 conditions:

  • the total number of nights that a property is used for short term letting in a calendar year (1 January to 31 December) must not exceed 90
  • at least one of the persons providing the accommodation for short term letting is liable to pay Council Tax at the property where the accommodation is provided

To use your property for nightly let letting, you must comply with these conditions or you are likely to be subject to formal planning enforcement action.

2. Planning permission

You must apply for planning permission if you nightly let your property for more than 90 nights in a calendar year.

Planning permission is needed for any days that exceed the 90-night allowance.

For example, if you let your property for 100 nights of the year, you’ll need planning permission for the 10 nights that exceed the 90-night limit.

3. Nightly letting enforcement

The council takes failure to comply with nightly letting conditions very seriously and our Housing Standards Task Force team investigate unauthorised nightly letting in Westminster.

People using properties for nightly letting beyond the 90-night limit without planning permission, are likely to face formal planning enforcement action.

This may include the issue of an Enforcement Notice on freeholders, leaseholders, mortgagees and any other person having a legal interest (i.e. ownership) in the property. Non-compliance with an Enforcement Notice is a criminal offence and anyone found guilty could face an unlimited fine in the Magistrates’ or Crown Court.

Negative effects of nightly letting
Using residential properties as nightly lets on a permanent or semi-permanent (commercial) basis removes permanent residential housing from the market which adds to housing supply problems at a time of an acute housing shortage.

It can result in many negative consequences like:

  • noise disturbance
  • anti-social behaviour
  • inappropriate disposal of food waste and general refuse
  • reduced security
  • a transient community less likely to care about the area they’re staying in, undermining residential neighbourhoods and devaluing entire areas
  • overcrowding of properties
  • invalidity of home and block insurance during periods of nightly letting
  • breaches of the lease agreements
  • breaches of terms of mortgage
Link to Full Legislation of the Deregulation Act
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Short-Term Rental Regulations in London, UK

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