by Mary Latham
10:27 AM, 8th January 2012, About 11 years ago 20
People who are thinking of letting during the Olympics should be aware that it is a criminal offence to let a London property for less than 90 Days without permission.
Landlords will risk fines of up to £20,000 and a criminal record if they do not get planning permission to let during the Olympics.
Following on from Ben Reeve-Lewis’s article, here is my warning to London Landlords and Agents. S.25 of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1973 provides (as amended by s.4 of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1983):-
“(1) For the purposes of s.22(1) of the Act of 1971, the use as temporary sleeping accommodation of any residential premises in Greater London involves a material change of use of the premises and of each part thereof which is so used.
(2) In this section –
(a) “use as temporary sleeping accommodation” means use as sleeping accommodation which is occupied by the same person for less than 90 consecutive nights and which is provided (with or without other services) for a consideration arising either –
(i) by way of trade for money or money’s worth; or
(ii) by reason of the employment of the occupant, whether or not the relationship of landlord and tenant is thereby created;
(b) “residential premises” means a building, or any part of a building, which was previously used, or was designed or constructed for use, as one or more permanent residences “.
By virtue of the Interpretation Act 1978, the reference to s.22(1) of the 1971 Act now relates to s.55(1) of the 1990 Act.
Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Camden have all warned people who let properties for short periods without planning permission could be served with enforcement notices. In some cases they could receive fines of up to £20,000 if they were deemed to be repeat offenders.
Look at this case from 1999