There is talk in the press about the regulations concerning short term lets
(those below 3 months) being relaxed. There will still be regulations and legal constraints.
As we understand it, holiday lets (such as AirBnB) are NOT allowed. But we cannot advise
you in any way as to how these changes might affect you: take proper advice from Westminster Housing.
See this recent policy statement (PDF)
by the Leader of Westminster Council against Short Term Lets,
the damage they can cause and the actions the council are taking against them.
- Council tenant: if you are a council tenant, contact Westminster Housing.
- Sub-Tenant of a Private Landlord: if so, provided you have a lease for three months or longer,
you are welcome to join the Luxborough Tower Residents Association. Your lease is with your landlord,
but do be aware of the wider context of the building, and consider that your landlord has a lease from
Westminster Housing, with responsibilities and obligations. If you have questions about the status of your
tenancy, discuss them with your landlord, or with Westminster Housing.
- A leaseholder wishing to sub-let: if so, you must contact Westminster Housing. There is a
complete section in their Lessee Handbook regarding sub-letting, and there are strict requirements.
These include the neeed to register the sub-let with Westminster Housing within 21 days, and the payment of a fee.
These requirements are set out at the Westminster website here:
- Short term letting: the main restriction on short term lets is that the landlord,
City West Homes, forbids all short letting at its properties, including Luxborough Tower. Short letting
is defined as a let of less than 90 consecutive days. Thus holiday lets, such as Airbnb, are NOT allowed.
There is more detail at the City West Homes website here:
https://www.westminster.gov.uk/sublet-your-home (www). Separately from this restriction,
Westminster City Council forbids (without specific planning permission) short letting of any property in
Westminster for more than 90 days in any calendar year. But since Westminster Housing forbids all short letting
at its properties, this Westminster City Council restriction is not relevant to Luxborough Tower.
There is more detail at the Westminster City Council website here:
- Anti-Social Behaviour:
if you think that your neighbours are behaving badly because they are short-term tenants, discuss it
with Westminster Housing. See the contacts page.