Letting flats in our area for a few nights at a time is illegal for a very good reason. Short-letting means some of our residents effectively find themselves living in badly-run hotels, where constant turnover of short-stay visitors brings late night noise, rubbish left in corridors and fear of crime. The practice also reduces the amount of property available for long-term residents, which is bad for the area.
So it’s great news that the Planning Inspectorate has thrown out three appeals by landlords who had been letting out their property in this way, and got caught. At least three enforcement notices served by Westminster City Council against certain owners in Park West and the Water Gardens have been upheld, following visits by the planning inspectors appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Let’s hope the message gets out that breaking the law does not pay.