Airbnb.com in Brighton means Landlords legally avoid HMO Licencing
The topic of housing is at the top of the agenda for many in the general elections and Brighton Council has already taken steps to tighten their rules and regulations in both the private rental sector and houses of multiple occupation.
The safety standards of maintenance and the safety standards for tenants both fall under the council’s licencing and inspection procedures of houses of multiple occupation.
However, holiday lets are not covered by any of the council’s regulations. Because of this, many London landlords are capitalising on websites such as Airbnb.com, by renting out their homes on a short-term basis. In doing so they are able to avoid the houses of multiple occupation rules and regulations, and they’re often renting for longer periods.
Mr Antonio de Marco of Liquid-Properties.com said: “In London, the council brought in measures for the private rental sector and planning laws that limit holiday lets to a maximum of 90 days a year for every property”.
Brighton is now experiencing the same escalating problem of holiday lets, meaning there are fewer decent home available to rent. This, in turn, is forcing local rents into a continuous, upwards trajectory. Will the local councillors and candidates support a 90 day a year restriction for holiday lets in the City of Brighton and Hove?
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