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I own a 3 bed house in Barnet (London) that I currently rent out. The tenant is due to move out soon and I am considering doing a Holiday Let with it. I want to do it correctly with all the permissions I may need, but I don't know where to start.
I understand there may be restrictions on Holiday Lets in London and I may need a licence or a special registration. I've spent hours on the internet trying to find out as much as I can.
When I phoned Barnet council I was offered options (press1 for this, press 2 for that etc). There was no option to speak to an operator so if you dont know who you need to speak to (I don't) then TOUGH. There was no generic email option either.
Can anybody tell me who to contact or what department.
Hi Peter,There is usually something on the council website about holiday lettings/short term accommodation.The Short Term Accommodation Association may also be able to assist. I will copy them in on this thread as they are members here.In the meantime, you may find this helpful:Guide to sourcing & setting up a holiday let
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Thank you Vanessa. I've emailed my local councilor, so hopefully he can point me in the right direction. Barnet's website doesn't mention holiday lets and searches for holiday lets show up nothing relevant. I've searched using "holiday Let" "holiday" "let" and nothing useful comes up. If the information is on their website its well hidden.
Peter, I guess you're not aware that you are not allowed to do short lets for more than 90 days in any 12 month period anywhere in London.
To do this legally, you would need to apply for change of planning permissions, i.e. change from from your current C3 use to C1.
In the first instance, I'd try and have a chat with your local planning department.
Does the house have a mortgage? If so, it's highly unlikely your lender would allow this.
Fortunately its mortgage free. I would want to make it available all year round so would require planning permission so speaking to the planning department before I make any firm decisions makes sense.
As has already been stated on this thread, in London you can short-let your property for up to 90 nights, after which you must obtain planning permission. To do so you will need to contact Barnet Council. Many local authorities will have a page on short-term lets on their website, so it is worth searching around that.
Beyond complying with the legal 90-night limit, you should also check the terms of your mortgage, which may preclude short-term letting, as well as your home insurance policy, which may also preclude short-term letting. If your home insurance does not support short-term lets, you can find specialist providers at the STAA marketplace.
The STAA offers a full range of compliance information (including fire, health and safety, etc) for individual host members. Membership is available from just £10 per month.
Let us know if this response has been useful!
Unfortunately there is a 90 day rule in place in London now.
What this means is that if you intend to let your property out for greater than 90 days you will need Planning Permission for the change of use.
Air B&B are automatically restricting.
This is a good article:
Is Barnet Borough Council within the London Boroughs? I am not sure it is.
Ed - sorry being an idiot. Of course it is!
Chartered Accountant, Tax Advisor and Mortgage broker
(and BTL portfolio owner)
Question - who wants to holiday in Barnet !!