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Thursday 7 June 2018 9.49pm
Is Airbnb allowed in the blocks? If not - there is someone advertising it on Booking.com!
Friday 8 June 2018 9.55pm
Not allowed on council estates.
Zoe
Saturday 9 June 2018 3.35pm
Is it not allowed at all on council estates Graham or not allowed in council rented?
Sunday 10 June 2018 4.04pm
@Zoe - Not allowed at all on council estates, although there are plenty advertised when you look at Airbnb. Would be great if there was an easy way of reporting them to Southwark council & airbnb, as they're a total menace for neighbours. One of the estates near me has loads listed according to the airbnb area map.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/9066
Sunday 10 June 2018 10.16pm
A friend on peabody estate has reported Airbnb activity to peabody and nothing has been done about it. Been 4 months. The guy is creaming it in as tenting our whole flat. All wrong.
Monday 11 June 2018 9.57am
Which blocks? In private blocks it depends on the Lease rules. Even then there are plenty of people that ignore the rules because the profits are so high.
Monday 11 June 2018 8.09pm
There is an instance where short term letting is allowed on council estates: when the dwellings are owned as freehold properties.

This is the case of some homes on the Draper Estate.

As for leaseholders of council homes, this is specifically not allowed under the terms of the lease.

In the case all other non-council properties, it depends on the T&Cs of the lease. But even if one owns the freehold outright and wants to offer it for short lets (AirBnB or otherwise), they are limited to doing so for no more than 90 per annum.

If they want to do it for longer than that, they must apply for planning permission to change the permitted use from residential to Hotel/Bed and Breakfast.

How well, or poorly, these rules are enforced by the local authorities is another matter: Southwark appears to apply a far greater effort in making people homeless for non/late-payment of rent than it does in dealing with rogue BnB landlords (even those whose properties are ex-council).
Tuesday 12 June 2018 4.38pm
A residential property being used as a hotel is a breach of planning (change of use) and can be reported to Southwark - I know of one example where this has resulted in Southwark opening a planning investigation but these things do seem to move very slowly. So don't expect to see immediate action to close down the establishment - unfortunately.
Thursday 14 June 2018 12.28pm
graham wrote:
Not allowed on council estates

Not allowed, really?

Room renting is positively encouraged ... with an excellent incentive of £7,500 tax free income.

https://www.gov.uk/rent-room-in-your-home/the-rent-a-room-scheme

There seems to be some confusion about room renting - which can be facilitated via AirBnB.

Graham, can you cite your source please?

faraday
Thursday 14 June 2018 1.22pm
faraday wrote:
graham wrote:
Not allowed on council estates

Not allowed, really?

Room renting is positively encouraged ... with an excellent incentive of £7,500 tax free income.

https://www.gov.uk/rent-room-in-your-home/the-rent-a-room-scheme

There seems to be some confusion about room renting - which can be facilitated via AirBnB.

Graham, can you cite your source please?

faraday

Room renting may be encouraged - but presumably only where it is legal! From the same www.gov.uk source: "Iím an owner-occupier. Do I need permission to let out part of my home?... If you are a long leaseholder, you should check the terms of the lease to ensure that you can let part of the property and, if necessary, get the freeholderís agreement first..."
"Iím a tenant. Can I sublet part of the property or take in lodgers?... If you are a secure council tenant, you have the right to take in a lodger, but cannot sublet part without the councilís written permission, you cannot sublet the whole of a secure tenancy. If you are a private tenant, you should check the terms of your tenancy. If there has been nothing agreed to the contrary, the tenant would be free to sublet. However, in practice most private tenancies prohibit subletting."
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