Short Term Rentals

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


At the moment there seems to be a postcode lottery between London Boroughs in terms of enforcement around the use of short term rentals. Will you explore a city wide agreement with providers such as Air BnB, similar to the agreement reached by Amsterdam?


Answer for Short Term Rentals

Answer for Short Term Rentals

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Though London Plan policy 3.14c states the loss of housing provision to short-term rentals should be resisted, legislative changes (Clause 44 of the Deregulation Act 2015) now mean householders may rent out their properties for temporary sleeping accommodation for up to 90 days a year without planning permission. Previously planning permission was required (Section 25 of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1973. This means the use of property for short term rentals is generally no longer an 'enforcement issue.