Council challenges short stays


Judgment is now pending in the House of Lords in the case of R v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, a test battle over alleged breaches of planning consent in relation to occupancy regulations in respect of two leasehold flats in Chelsea. The council served breach of condition notices on Lawrie Plantation Services as a result of the company allowing employees to use the premises for rent-free short stays in London. It was alleged that this breached a Greater London Council Act 1973 rule prohibiting use of the premises as temporary sleeping accommodation. After the High Court and Court of Appeal both held that the council was wrong, it then made an appeal to the Law Lords.