The Airbnb 90-day rule in London
The 90-day lettings limit was introduced in December 2016 in London to help regulate the sharing economy. The 90-day rule in London only applies to Greater London and property owners who ignore this rule, and risk a fine up to £20,000.
Table of contents
- What is the Airbnb 90-day rule?
- What happens when you reach the limit?
- Does Airbnb 90 day rule apply outside London?
- Why was the 90-day rental cap introduced?
- How can I ensure that I comply with London’s short-term rental regulations?
- How can GuestReady help?
1. What is the Airbnb 90-day rule?
The 90-day rule in London is a rule that was made to help regulate the sharing economy. The rule was welcomed by locals and today the booking platform automatically caps Airbnb bookings to 90-days a year for properties that do not have a planning permit from the local council that their property is situated in.
So, unless you are able to confirm that you have the required paperwork to let your property on the short-term rental market – Airbnb will restrict the number of occupied nights per calendar year to 90-days.
2. What happens when you reach the limit?
The platform will automatically close your property’s booking capacity until the end of the calendar year. Whether the occupied days have been spread out over several months or in 90 consecutive days, it does not matter – the limit still applies.
3. Does Airbnb 90 day rule apply outside London?
Currently, this rule only relates to properties in the Greater London area although there is a discussion of extending it to other major cities. Property owners who ignore the rule can risk fines of up to £20,000.
4. Why was the 90-day rental cap introduced?
Prior to the rule being implemented, landlords were technically required to apply for planning permission to change their long-term lets to a short-term rentals.
London recognised the global shift in how we travel and experience cities, as well as the economic benefits it would bring to Londoners. So, deregulation was put into place to relax the rules. It stipulated that short-term rentals were allowed – for up to 90 days. Airbnb introduced a feature on their platform to enforce the rule in early 2017.
5. How can I ensure that I comply with London’s short-term rental regulations?
There are a few options that you can choose to work within the rules. The first is renting your Airbnb as a short-term let on the platform and then, once you have reached the 90-day limit, turning your listing into a medium or long-term rental.
If you indicate to Airbnb your listing is a ‘90+ days’ rental. Airbnb will not take your listing down and by doing things this way you will be fully compliant with the local regulations for the Greater London area.
The downside of this option is that it can be harder to find Airbnb guests who want to lock in a stay of more than 90 days but, no fear, there are plenty of alternative rental sites that you can refer to promote your property for longer-term stays.
6. How can GuestReady help?
GuestReady works with hundreds of property owners across London to make sure they can achieve the best results for their Airbnb whilst complying with local regulations. GuestReady is STAA accredited, ensuring consumer protection and that their properties are fit for purpose.
We help owners optimise their earnings and letting cycle by listing their property on multiple platforms during peak times in order to maximise earnings in the high season.
Get in touch
There are many ways we can help you get the most out of your Airbnb listing, through the 90-day rule in London so be sure to contact our team today.