The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has welcomed holiday let site Airbnb’s ban on lettings in London of entire homes for 90 days or more a year without official consent.
The organisation has been leading the campaign for changes to holiday let sites following research it conducted earlier this year, which found that 61% of entire houses and apartments listed on Airbnb in London were advertised as available for more than 90 days per year.
The RLA is concerned that some property owners are using holiday let sites to provide long-term lettings in London, without having to comply with the regulations, safety and insurance provisions governing the private rental sector.
It highlights the fact that planning permission is required for lettings in London of over 90 days in any given year, to prevent property owners from avoiding the regulations that cover private rentals.
Now, those wishing to let entire houses and apartments for 90 days or more per year must be granted official consent to do so.
The Policy Director of the RLA, David Smith, says: “Whilst we have no problem with websites like Airbnb, all we want is for the laws as they stand to be properly enforced.
“The decision by Airbnb to better police its website is welcome news, which will provide greater protection for those using the site and will not allow property owners to try to do long-term renting on the cheap.”
Wherever you rent out property, and however you decide to find your tenants, remember that you must comply with the regulations governing the private rental sector.
These rules have been put in place to protect your tenants and look after your property. Complying with the regulations will also ensure that you avoid facing civil penalties and criminal sanctions – don’t get caught out by the law!
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