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29 Jul 2019

Council tenant fined £100k & evicted for renting out flat

A council tenant has been ordered to pay a record £100,000 for sub-letting his central London flat through Airbnb as councils in the capital struggle to cope with the booming market in short-term online lettings.

Toby Harman, 37, had been advertising his “cosy studio apartment in Victoria” since 2013 with amenities including a hot tub and had more than 300 reviews.

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Last year Westminster successfully recovered 24 social housing properties from fraudsters meaning they can now be allocated to residents in need of a new home.

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P.S. Westminster Council said it was currently investigating at least 1,500 properties in the borough for short-term letting.

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