From empty nest to a nice lit­tle earner

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fol­lows hun­dreds of com­plaints to MPs, coun­cils and trad­ing stan­dards about rau­cous par­ties, guests ar­riv­ing at anti-so­cial hours, and even pop-up broth­els.

Out­side of Lon­don there are few such time lim­its, although sev­eral coun­cils are at least in­ves­ti­gat­ing pos­si­ble re­stric­tions: the lat­est, in Nor­wich, fol­lows the rev­e­la­tion that even in that small city there are some 300 per­ma­nently short-let prop­er­ties listed on­line.

More mun­dane re­quire­ments are that those home­own­ers who short-let should no­tify their in­surer, mort­gage lender and tax of­fice, who will all cer­tainly be in­ter­ested that a for­merly se­date owner-oc­cu­pied house may now be wel­com­ing new ten­ants ev­ery few days. Lease­hold­ers should also check their lease to make sure it’s al­lowed un­der the terms.

Whether it’s through Airbnb or real b&b, the pat­tern seems clear: more older own­ers use their chil­dren mov­ing out as a chance to change life­styles, rather than change houses.

And when those chil­dren visit, there’s a bonus for them too, ac­cord­ing to Da­bell. “Now my daugh­ter’s be­d­room has been made far more lux­u­ri­ous than it was be­fore.”

Kather­ine and Matthew Da­bell rent out their chil­dren’s rooms at Park Farm House in Som­er­set

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