Landlords are being made aware of legislation enabling them to operate short term lets for up to 90 days without planning permission but urged to follow regulations
Landlords who rent out their properties on sites such as Airbnb are being reminded of a piece of regulation passed in 2015 which allows short term lets to operate for up to 90 nights per calendar year without planning permission.
Hosts of Airbnb have been sent an email from the company to this effect, making them aware of the 90-day rule introduced by the UK Government to allow landlords to temporarily rent out their properties on such sites without being subject to planning permission.
According to KeyNest, a network of 18 cafes and convenience stores across London where Airbnb users can securely drop off and collect keys, says the ruling was a victory for many property owners who had been fighting for their right to share their homes.
Marc Figueras, founder of KeyNest, said: “Most Airbnb hosts had no idea about this until now. The Government says it’s up to the local councils to enforce it – but we haven’t yet heard of anyone being found in breach of the rule. I suspect the homesharing community will be up in arms if councils start using the 90-day rule to take away their right to share their homes.”