London borough strengthens enforcement team to tackle short-term lets problems

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 16 Nov 2015

City HallPlanners at a London borough are clamping down on illegal short-term holiday letting of residential premises.

Westminster City Council planning enforcement team leader Roald Piper told Planning: “We are receiving complaints about residential properties being let short term unlawfully.

“There are currently around 1,700 properties under investigation and we are focusing our efforts. Transient populations can impact on amenities.”

The council is looking to recruit one planning officer in enforcement on a 24-month contract and two planning officers in enforcement on 12-month contracts.

“Work will involve surveys, site visits and undertaking detailed research and reports,” said Piper.

“The posts form part of this initiative that focuses particularly upon short-term holiday letting of residential premises.”

However, he said the jobs would also include a variety of other planning and enforcement.

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