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Short-term lets

Find out about the rules and regulation governing short-term (or nightly) letting.

Published on: 17 December 2020

Last updated: 4 February 2021

A short-term let is where a homeowner rents out a property or room in a property on a nightly basis (usually organised online). The guest is generally a tourist or business traveller, often with expectations of hotel-like services. This type of let is different from a tenancy between a landlord and tenant. It's also sometimes referred to as a 'nightly let'.

Homeowners can legally rent their homes on this basis for up to 90 nights a year without planning permission, unless it is council-leased property. The properties must meet certain standards and,  like all properties, they cannot cause excessive disruption to their neighbours.

We know that most homeowners who let on a nightly basis do so within the law and maintain excellent standards. However, we also know short-term letting can cause problems for our residents when guests make excessive noise, keep unsociable hours or dump their rubbish.

Our short-term let team will investigate any properties that cause problems for our communities.