Rent your Drive
This is an extract from the Governments new guidance on renting out your drive for Parking published on 3rd August.
‘Across the country, assisted by the internet “matching”, households are renting out their spare or unused dedicated off-street parking space in and near town centres, train stations and sports grounds. This provides a small income for hard-working families, and helps provide more cheap parking spaces for people to park their car, taking pressure away from on-street parking. Personal finance experts like Martin Lewis of moneysavingexpert.com have recommended this to households as a practical way of raising and saving money.
It is believed that many councils do not like this activity, as it deprives them of parking income – as a result, they are demanding that households apply for planning permission for “change of use”. Such a planning application fee costs £385 – councils are threatening fines of up to £20,000 if householders do not apply.
Eric Pickles announced today that the government will be publishing new guidance on change of use making it clear that the public should be able to rent a single parking space without planning permission, provided there is no public nuisance to neighbours, or other substantive concerns’.
For certain households being able to rent your drive will be a useful income addition.