Airbnb landlords in rural communities may need to obtain a license to offer their homes, as short-term vacations avoid the fear of locals being evicted due to a lack of rental property
- Owners of other homes may need a permit to manage short-term vacations
- The proposal is under review following concerns from MEPs in popular coastal towns
- This is followed by the announced repression of people abusing the tax gap for holiday homes
- Holiday rentals must be paid for business prices for at least 70 days a year
Airbnb landlords in rural communities may need to obtain permission to offer their homes as short-term vacation rentals for fear that locals will be evicted due to a lack of rental property.
The proposal, which is being discussed by ministers, could force other homeowners to obtain the consent of the local council to manage short-term holidays.
The plan follows Tories MEPs in popular coastal towns, including Cornwall, Devon and the Isle of Wight, are concerned about a booming industry leading to a shortage of affordable housing in their area.
A government source said Hours: ‘Clearly we need to respond in the way the market has grown.’
Yesterday, the Leveling Department announced a tax crackdown on other homeowners who are “pretending” to rent out their properties to holidaymakers.
From April 2023, holiday rentals must be rented for at least 70 days a year to qualify for business prices under the new rules, which are designed to benefit tourist destinations.
The proposal, which is being considered by ministers, could force other homeowners to obtain the consent of the local council for the management of short-term holidays (pictured: St Ives in Cornwall)
Selaine Saxby, a Tory MP from North Devon, pointed out during a Commons debate that rising housing prices have contributed to people in her community becoming homeless.
She also said that ‘noise, antisocial behavior, parties and hot tubs’ on Airbnb lets are causing distress to locals.
Bob Seely, a Tory MP from the Isle of Wight, said the village of Seaview was “actually taken away from permanent life” because 82 percent of the property is second homes.
Commenting on recent developments, Raising Minister Michael Gove said: “The government supports small businesses, including responsible short-term rentals that attract tourists and bring significant investment to local communities.
“However, we will not stand by and allow people in privileged positions to abuse the system by unfairly demanding tax breaks and letting the locals calculate the costs.
“The measures we are implementing will create a fairer system that will ensure that other homeowners contribute their share to the local services they benefit from.”
Yesterday, the Level Raising Department announced a tax crackdown on owners of other houses “pretending” to rent out their properties to holidaymakers (Level Raising Secretary Michael Gove pictured Jan. 10)
Kurt Jansen, Director of the Tourism Alliance, added: “Setting these new operating thresholds for self-sufficient companies is welcome in the tourism industry, as it makes a very important distinction between self-sufficient commercial companies that provide income and employment for local communities. , and holiday homes that are empty most of the year.
“It is recognized that tourism is the lifeblood of many small towns and villages that maintains the viability of local shops, pubs and attractions.”
Between 2018 and 2019, three per cent of households in the UK reported having a second home, with the share remaining unchanged between 2008 and 2009, according to the Level Raising Department.
The most common reason for a second home is to use it as a vacation home or cottage, 35 percent say they view it as a long-term investment or income, and 16 percent once used it as their previous home.
An Airbnb spokesman said: “We are taking housing problems seriously and have already submitted proposals to the government for a national host registration system” (photo)
According to the latest figures, overall 57 per cent of other homes are located in the UK, 34 per cent in Europe and nine per cent in non-European countries.
A survey of English housing by the Government Department for the period 2018-19 states: “From 2008-2009, the share of second homes in the UK increased and the number of European and non-European second homes decreased accordingly.”
An Airbnb spokesman said: “Most hosts share space in their own home, and nearly a third say the extra income is an economic solution.
“We are taking the population problems seriously and we have already submitted proposals to the government for a national host registration system. We look forward to supporting the upcoming consultation. ‘