Short-Term Accommodation Association (STAA) is open to exploratory discussion on short-term letting registration in the capital

London, April 23, 2019 - The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced today his intention to approach the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government with the aim of opening a dialogue on the registration of short-term let properties in the capital.

In a letter to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, Mr Khan indicated that he has concerns that the current legislation – which requires homeowners to gain planning permission if they want to let out their property for more than 90-days cumulatively in a calendar year  – was not striking the right balance, claiming that it has proven to be very difficult for local authorities to enforce because of the lack of available data on lettings.

The Mayor proposes in his letter the development of a “simple, mandatory registration system for anyone who wishes to let out their property for less than 90-days in a calendar year and would actively help local authorities enforce the existing 90-day rule”.

As the trade body for the short-term letting sector, the Short-Term Accommodation Association (STAA) is open to constructive engagement on registration and will participate in any government initiatives to develop a registration system that the industry could support.

As a demonstration of their commitment to help enforce the 90-day rule in London, STAA member HomeAway and non-member TripAdvisor, have joined Airbnb and taken the step as accommodation platforms to introduce a voluntary 90-day cap. The STAA is supportive of this move and believes this will help as an interim measure until a longer-term solution is in place.

In response to the Mayor of London’s announcement, STAA Chair & UnderTheDoormat CEO Merilee Karr said “We will support and contribute to any discussions around registration, as well as other solutions to get the balance right between London being an open city and ensuring homes for Londoners. STAA is already rolling out a growing number of voluntary initiatives including our members’ Code of Conduct, our Buildings Best Practice Policy and our independently assessed Safe, Clean and Legal™ Accreditation scheme, which all together are focused on creating and supporting an environment for the responsible growth of short-term letting in the UK.”

STAA Vice Chair and HomeAway VP Government & Corporate Affairs Jean-Philippe Monod responded: “At HomeAway, we understand that cities are reviewing different options to get the balance right with short-term lets. We will continue our efforts to work collaboratively with governments to achieve a longer-term solution .In the interim we feel that implementing a voluntary measure to cap at 90-days per calendar year to help London is the right thing to do as a company and we will engage in further discussion on registration as part of the STAA.” 

TripAdvisor Public Policy Director Véronique Corduant added “We are working closely with local government and the STAA to find a sustainable solution for the short-term rental sector in London. We understand the need to have a national regulatory framework, that takes into account the regional differences across the UK and we look forward to being part of the discussions to find a solution.”

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