More enforcement successes

Eight more flats in Quadrangle Tower and 20 Porchester Place have been ordered to stop illegal short-letting. Heather and I are delighted that the Planning Inspectorate upheld the council’s enforcement actions. As the Inspector pointed in the case of seven of the flats, “noise and disturbance within and outside a block because of people coming and going, often at unsocial hours….would be more likely to arise from temporary occupiers given… the short nature of their stay and the lack of social pressure not to cause a nuisance.” She also pointed to the “strong policy objection” to use of these flats as temporary sleeping accommodation because of ” the loss of permanent housing stock and the accepted need for housing”. It’s a welcome judgement and I hope will send a strong message to other landlords that they must comply with the law.

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