Over the course of a year, homeowners are allowed to let their property for up to 90 nights in London. An ever-increasing number of people have got in touch with their Councillors over the years to report anti-social behaviour, rubbish dumping, and noise problems linked to properties on short-term lets. Short-term lets also impact on the supply of properties for rent in Westminster – affecting key workers and young professionals in particular.
We caught up with Two Cities' MP Nickie Aiken and with Lancaster Gate campaigner Laila Dupuy in Lancaster Gate to hear people's experiences first-hand!
Nickie Aiken MP explains
I'm here with Laila Dupuy in Lancaster Gate ward. We are out talking to residents about short-term lets. Laila, what are people telling you on the doorstep?
Local resident Laila Dupuy explains
Nickie, I'm out every day and people are telling you that short-term lets is a real issue. It's hindering people's enjoyment of their property and the area.
It's causing antisocial behaviour, fly-tipping, and they would love to see some form of registration, as you outlined in your petition.
So I've got a petition which secured hundreds of signatures which Laila and I presented at Downing Street this week, and it's so important that I will continue working with Laila and the Lancaster Gate candidates as well as the rest of the council to ensure that we do secure this registration scheme so that you can live in peace in your home and are not blighted by short-term lets.
If you're concerned about short-lets, you can back Westminster Conservatives' campaign here.