Londoners – letting your property on a short-term basis? Doing it right?
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July 2, 2016

Did you know that if you let your property on a short-term basis (for up to 90 days per calendar year) that you must be liable for council tax for that premises to make your short-term let lawful?


The Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1973 (GLCGPA 1973) required Londoners who wanted to rent out their homes for more than 90 consecutive nights to apply for planning permission from their borough council.  However, the Deregulation Act 2015 relaxed these rules (typically) for residential premises only as long as the person who provides the accommodation pays the council tax for the premises. 

You should be aware that the Secretary of State or the local planning authority (with the Secretary of State’s consent) may decide that this relaxation will not apply in a particular area.  You should therefore check with your borough council before letting your property on a short-term basis.

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