Scrutiny review panel on Short Term Holiday Lets (party houses) completed 2014

Panel summary

Brighton & Hove has a wide range of visitors each year, many of whom stay in privately rented properties in the city. A number of residents had contacted the council highlighting these properties as an increasing nuisance problem to local residents. There had also been complaints about how the properties were managed, a lack of accountability, the negative impact they have on neighbourhoods, as well as whether they are being correctly classified as 'temporary holiday lets', for planning purposes, business rates and commercial waste collections.

The aim of the scrutiny panel was to establish a set of ‘gold standards’ for short-term holiday let properties aimed at the hen and stag market, so that they could be operated as successful businesses, while minimising disruption to neighbours and local residents. The panel was very pleased to see the establishment of Brighton & Hove Holiday Rental Association, who aim to promote golden standards for operators.

Panel members

  • Councillor Geoffrey Bowden(Chair)
  • Councillor Jayne Bennett
  • Councillor Alan Robins

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