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Short term lettings

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 20th March 2020.

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Photo of Unmesh Desai Unmesh Desai Labour

Following the GLA’s excellent “Short-term and holiday letting in London” report, how will you work with boroughs to better monitor the impact of short-term lettings in London, and what progress is being made with Government towards a statutory regulatory system?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My team has been working closely with London boroughs to understand the barriers to monitoring the prevalence and impact of short-term letting activity in the capital. The research you refer to makes clear that a key challenge for local authorities is a lack of available data on how many nights individual properties are let out for during any calendar year, and this is compounded by a lack of resource to carry out effective enforcement against those who contravene the law.

London Councils and Airbnb have joined me in calling on Government to introduce a mandatory registration system for short-term lettings in London which would give councils the information they need to properly monitor and enforce against activity of this kind. I continue to push the Government on this point, but disappointingly they still support self-regulation by the industry, despite the clear evidence that the current approach is not working.