Short lets – get your voice heard

Sometimes the right hand in government doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. That’s what’s happening on short lets. While we in Westminster are tackling a problem that blights our neighbourhood and can drive out long term residents, central government (the Department of Communities and Local Government) is considering scrapping the legislation against short letting. It’s the same department which is in charge of the Planning Inspectorate, whose judgements have sided with Westminster Council against the greedy short let landlords!
If you have a moment to write to Kris Hopkins, the Housing Minister, to tell him how short letting has impacted on your quality of life, and that the controls on it must be maintained, drop him a line at You can read about the discussion paper (consultation) entitled “Review of Property Conditions in the Private Rented Sector” on the DCLG website – question 22 on p19 is the relevant bit.