Impact of short-term rentals in Kensington and Chelsea come under scrutiny

12 April 2017

In response to growing concerns about the impact of short-term lets on the borough, the Council’s Scrutiny Committees have set up a Working Group to examine this issue in more detail.

Areas to be investigated include the impact on local communities, the housing market and businesses. To report problems associated with short-term letting the following contact details should be used:

• for rubbish dumping contact Streetline on 020 7361 3001 -  
• for noise complaints contact Environmental Health on 020 7361 3002 -  
• for planning breaches contact Planning on 020 7361 3012 -

The group’s preliminary findings will be shared with residents at a public meeting at Kensington Town Hall on Wednesday 13 September. All findings will be included in a report which is being prepared for October’s Public Realm and Housing and Property Scrutiny Committees.

Last December following growing pressure from a number of London councils including Kensington and Chelsea, Airbnb announced that its systems will automatically limit the listing of whole flats and houses in Greater London to the statutory maximum of up to 90 nights a year.

The move means hosts now have to confirm they have the required planning permission to rent their property more frequently. It is already a breach of planning control for landlords to let out their homes on short-term lets for more than 90 days without planning permission. Discussions are continuing with Airbnb and other providers to see how the present system can be enhanced further to improve monitoring and enforcement.

For more information on the work of Scrutiny and to find out more about the review as it develops visit or email