From empty nest to a nice little earner
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