Rein in Abuse of Short-Term Lets

There are over 8,300 Westminster properties and rooms listed on Airbnb at any one time and this number is rising. Westminster Council currently has little real power to regulate this growing industry. That’s why I will continue to make the case to the Government for effective enforcement powers to be given to the Council to bring down the number of what are effectively permanent short-lets, and restore the lost sense of security and community to neighbouring residents.


Short-Lets Update

My office, together with officers at Westminster City Council, was able to secure a meeting last month with officials from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in which the prevalence of short-lets in Westminster was discussed, together with what more can be done to protect o

Deregulation Bill

Mark Field: Sensible, pragmatic regulations exempting the Greater London area from a short-lets free-for-all are, as we know, under acute threat.

Deregulation Bill

Mark wished to speak at Report Stage of the Deregulation Bill to express his concerns about plans to relax rules on short lets in London. Unfortunately he was not able to make the full speech he had drafted as time was taken up by clauses on Sunday trading and TV licences.


New measures are to be introduced in the Deregulation Bill to end rules from the 1970s preventing London residents from renting out their own homes on a short-term basis to visitors.