Holiday lets that require planning permission

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    I’ve been reading up on the application for planning permission for a holiday let. I want to have felixibilty to stay in the flat when I have a solid week or so working in London. The rest of the time I’ll be living in Oxford. I also suspect that the holiday deposit system and letting would protect my property more than a standard long-term let.

    Does anyone have any experience of this process? I don’t really think AirBnB is how I would go but I was thinking of using a holiday let agent. Do Camden just say no or do they actually listen to each particular case?

    Thanks for any help anyone can give.


    From what I’ve heard from Camden Council officers, the following article and CNJ reports, I suspect it would be highly unlikely for short term lets:

    The takeaways seem to be the amount of time you intend to let out your property for:
    Less than 90 days in any one go: “You will need to apply for full planning permission to convert a flat or house into a short term/ holiday let if you intend to let the property for periods of less than 90 days for more than a total of 90 days in any one calendar year… Current planning policy in the Council’s Local Development Framework is to resist development that changes permanent housing to short stay accommodation/holiday lets”

    With the caveat: “Permission is not required… if you let a room within your property whilst you are still living there.”

    More than 90 days, just in case you can stretch to that: It is very possible you you must notify Camden Council otherwise you will have breached your lease with whatever risk that entails. Camden Leaseholder Services do have procedures in place for official sublets of more than 90 90 days.

    p.s. Anthony make same useful points about subletting over here:

    Sorry for the bad news!


    Tks lots Paul for the information. It is as I suspected.

    However, I am still keen to know if it is worth using the lengthy and costly planning permission route. It certainly says on my lease my tenant needs to sign a covenant, but in certain cases it is possible to apply to allow holiday lets and I am guessing fulfil a lot of health and safety regs etc.

    Has anyone out there tried it I wonder? I might have to bite the bullet and let the forum know how I get on with that.

    Tks again Paul great information as usual. J


    Do keep us posted! Real world experience beats theoretical positions any day of the week 🙂

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