The use of social housing for Airbnb and/or private rent is on the increase but the penalties for doing so are high. Registered Providers and Local Authorities have a wide range of powers to prevent this which addresses the use of social housing to make a profit.
Westminster Council used these powers to their full force and obtained an Unlawful Profit Order to represent the repayment of large profits the tenant had been making.
We have also recently had success on this front for one of our clients. In that case, the subletting was revealed by a massive party by the unlawful subtenants which uncovered a history of subletting. A significant unlawful profit order was made.
For further advice about seeking an Unlawful Profit Orders get in touch.
A council tenant has been ordered to pay almost £110,000 after being taken to court by Westminster City Council for illegally subletting his social housing flat in Victoria as a holiday home through Airbnb.