Labour Councillors, alongside Karen Buck MP, continue to oppose the government’s proposals to weaken the regulation of holiday and short term lets. Along with most of Westminster’s amenity societies, we fear this will pile yet more pressure onto areas like Bayswater, Lancaster Gate, Maida Vale, Marylebone, Soho, Pimlico and St John’s Wood since many owners can make far more from this kind of letting that from helping to maintain residential communities.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“Local residents increasingly report problems associated with very high turnover – including noise nuisance, rubbish and anti-social behaviour. It is only necessary to go onto a website such as AirBnB to see how much short term accommodation (not including hotels) are available in the Westminster area. Westminster Council is already under pressure trying to enforce against illegal sub-lets. That task will become a great deal harder if this de-regulation goes ahead.”
As the Sunday Times reports;
“THEY were intended to allow travellers on a budget to see the world but Airbnb and similar websites that advertise spare rooms at cut-price rates are stirring up neighbourhood disputes.
The sites are being used to offer flats as all-night party venues and pop-up hotels, leaving neighbours facing sleepless nights and a procession of strangers walking past their front doors.
The problems come as Eric Pickles, the communities secretary, pushes ahead with deregulation that will allow Londoners to let their properties on a short lease without requiring a permit. Landlords across the rest of the country can already do so.”