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London councils call for mandatory registration system for short-term lettings

Those who rent out homes short-term in either the London borough of Camden or Westminster could soon face fresh restrictions.

Both councils want greater powers to enforce breaches of the law, with Camden estimating that there are 3,400 short-let properties in the borough, while neighbouring Westminster believes there are 8,836 short-let homes in the local area.

A number of properties in both boroughs are believed to be breaking the 90-night limit on short-lets, which has been described as a “nightmare” for the local community by Camden’s planning chief Cllr Danny Beales.


He added: “There is only so much that we are able to do within the current system that is too easily exploited.”

Westminster Council would like to see the government introduce a compulsory cross-platform registration scheme for property owners, so councils know which properties are being short-term let and for how long.

Cllr David Harvey, Westminster's housing chief, told the press: “Short-term letting is taking place on an unprecedented level in Westminster - we believe up to 11,000 properties are available for short-term letting across the borough. This places a huge burden on our residents, who are often victims of disruption from tourists coming and going from their estates.

“Our priority is to protect our residents and their communities. Waiting lists for council properties in Westminster are extensive, so we want to continue to defend residents in genuine need of a home.”

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