Pickles ends rules banning London short-term tenancies
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Housing, Regulation
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The government will end rules dating back to the 1970s that prevent London residents from renting out their homes on a short-term basis, Eric Pickles has said.
The 40-year-old rule, which dates back to the time of the Greater London Council, means that those who wish to let their homes for less than three months technically have to apply for planning permission to do so.
The rule, which does not apply anywhere else in the country, caused controversy during the 2012 London Olympics when homeowners tried to let to visitors to the games.
Ministers have now pledged to end the rule through a measure in the Deregulation Bill.
However, the government says that the measure will not allow homes to be turned into hostels or hotels, which will still require 'change of use' planning permission.
Communities secretary Eric Pickles said: "The internet is changing the way we work and live, and the law needs to catch up. We have already reformed the rules on renting out your unused parking spaces, now we want to do the same regarding renting out your home for a short period.
"It’s time to change the outdated, impractical and restrictive laws from the 1970s, open up London’s homes to visitors and allow Londoners to make some extra cash."