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Camden New Journal highlights our short-lets campaign by rdef

  Camden New Journal highlights our short-lets campaign


Camden New Journal highlights our short-lets campaign

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The Marchmont Association's campaign to focus public attention on the threat posed by short-lets to the existence of our residential community was highlighted by the Camden New Journal on 8th March 2018. We are extremely concerned about the detrimental effect that the ‘epidemic’ of short-lets is having on our permanent residential community. Although our primary concern is the loss of much-needed permanent housing, we are also concerned about the harm which short-lets inflict on permanent residents in terms of noise nuisance (e.g. rowdy parties), and the feeling of insecurity created by the comings and goings of strangers at all hours of day and night.

A recent report to Camden’s Planning Committee referred to only 73 complaints being registered by Planning Enforcement “so far in 2017-18”, with another 50 being dealt with in consultation with Camden Housing. Our experience tells us that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

We have therefore asked Camden’s Cabinet Member for Planning (etc), Cllr Danny Beales, to get the Council to raise the stakes with a public awareness campaign that leaves perpetrators in no doubt about the consequences of this illegal activity and makes it easier for residents to complain about suspected short-lets (the reporting link is currently buried in a dense article which takes a cumbersome search to locate).

We are also asking Camden to consider following the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea's lead by introducing a selective short-lets licensing pilot scheme in the worst affected neighbourhoods, primarily located in the area south of Euston Road. Recognising that the Council’s resources are extremely limited, we have suggested that they set up an enforcement unit to work alongside the unit that deals with the registration of Houses in Multiple Occupation, funding any extra staff with income from short-lets registrations and fines.

Tell tale signs of the presence of short-lets are the small metal key safes (pictured) usually attached to railings close to the properties being let. We urge supporters to report any instances of short term lettings to the Council at www.camden.gov.uk

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