The Marchmont Association is committed to preventing our residential community from being turned into a holiday lets destination.
To this end, we have been lobbying Camden Council to highlight the problem and its negative impact on our community.
The Council has informed us that they are taking steps to prioritise enforcement action against these illegal lettings, and working in partnership with neighbouring local authorities.
The text belkow is an extract from Camden Council’s web site giving details of their policy regarding short term letting of residential properties.
Marchmont Association supporters are invited to use the link at the end of the item to report any instances of short term lettings to the Council, and to write to Councillor Danny Beales, Cabinet Member with the remit for Planning, to voice your concerns: Danny.Beales@camden.gov.uk
Camden Council says …
“Short term letting can disturb neighbours, with visitors creating noise, sometimes at unsociable hours. High turnover of visitors/renters can also impact upon permanent occupiers reducing the sense of community and raising the fear of crime. The short term letting of residential properties also reduces the permanent housing stock.
Current planning policy in the Camden Local Plan is to resist development that changes permanent housing to short stay accommodation/holiday lets. Therefore applications for whole residential properties, including single-dwelling houses and flats, to be converted to short term/ holiday lettings are likely to be refused.
If these new regulations are not followed, then this will be considered an unauthorised change of use for which planning permission will be required. The Council will take appropriate enforcement action, which can include serving an Enforcement Notice to require the use to cease.
If you suspect a property is being used for short term/holiday letting outside of the new regulations you can report it to us “