The ‘Evening Standard’ reports:
“Residents have complained of once-quiet apartment blocks transformed into “hotels in all but name” by rogue tenants subletting their homes to groups of young tourists.
At least 3,000 premises in the City of Westminster are thought to have been turned into short-stay pads by tenants. They advertise them on lettings sites such as Airbnb and Booking.com at huge mark-ups from the cost of a conventional lease.
Currently, Westminster City Council is investigating more than 1,600 complaints but only been able to bring enforcement proceedings against around 50 tenants a year.
Westminster North MP Karen Buck said she and Mark Field, the Cities of London and Westminster MP, have demanded a requirement for the local authority to be notified when a property is sublet for a short stay.
Karen Buck said: “I am very concerned by reports that the number of short-term lettings is on the rise.” Westminster council has called for a limit on short-stay lets of one month a year before planning permission is required.”