Terrace housing in London

News from Tom Copley: Airbnb enforcement of 90 day limit welcomed

01 December 2016

Responding to the announcement that Airbnb will enforce a 90 day limit for London hosts,  Labour’s London Assembly Housing Spokesperson, Tom Copley AM, said:

 

"We knew that short term lettings sites had been abused by professional landlords, we talked to Airbnb, and they’ve listened.

 

"Flawed legislation from the previous government has seen some landlords effectively turning their properties into hotels without planning permission. With local authorities lacking the necessary resources to enforce the 90 day limit on short term lettings we needed Airbnb and other operators to step in and help. It’s fantastic that Airbnb has responded to those concerns. This action should help ensure London gains the economic benefits of tourism that Airbnb creates without putting pressure on our housing supply.

 

"Airbnb are no longer the only short term lettings service operating in London. We now need to see other services follow their example and ensure their hosts cannot break the law by letting out properties short-term for more than 90 days per year."

Notes to editors

  • At Mayor’s Question Time on 14th September 2016, Tom Copley AM asked the Mayor if he would work with boroughs to ensure that sites such as Airbnb work proactively to ensure their users do not violate laws restricting short term lettings to 90 days per year. A webcast can be found here.

 

  • The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wrote to the Business, Energy and Industrial Committee about Airbnb and the need to balance the benefits of the sharing economy with the protection of local residents. A copy can be found here.

 

  • In February 2017 Mr Copley will host a roundtable discussion at City Hall which will bring together Airbnb, other short term lettings services, local authorities and the Deputy Mayor for Housing to discuss improvements in the way short term lettings works in London;

 

  • DCLG guidance (Promoting the sharing economy in London) published in February 2015 removed the need for planning permission, and the threat of a fine, for renting a room/property as temporary accommodation for less than 90 days a year. However, it kept this 90 day limit on renting a room and retained the onus on local authorities to investigate and enforce any breach of this guidance;

 

  • In September 2015, Mr Copley raised this issue with former Mayor, Boris Johnson. Mr Copley’s written Mayor’s Question and the response from Boris Johnson, can be found below:

 

Airbnb

Tom Copley (16-Sept-2015)

What discussions have you and your officers had with Airbnb and London boroughs regarding the enforcement of the 90-day per year maximum period for short term lets?

Answer...

The Mayor (16-Sept-2015)

My officers have had two meetings on short term lets with Airnb and several with boroughs during which enforcement issues were raised

 

  • Tom Copley AM is a Londonwide Assembly Member;