The Departments for Digital Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) and DLUHC have launched a review into the effect of short-term holiday lets – such as Airbnb – which aims to improve the holiday letting market for those living in popular tourist areas of the UK with a view to regulation.
The call for evidence will last for 12 weeks.
The Government review considers measures such as a clamp-down on holiday lets over health and safety, noise and anti-social behaviour and is proposing the introduction of a kite mark scheme for rental properties.
Housing Minister, Rt. Hon Stuart Andrew, said, “Holiday let sites like Airbnb have helped boost tourism across the country, but we need to make sure this doesn’t drive residents out of their communities.
We need to make sure this doesn’t drive residents out of their communities.”
“We are already taking action to tackle the issue of second and empty homes in some areas by empowering councils to charge up to double the rate of council tax.
“This review will give us a better understanding of how short term lets are affecting housing supply locally to make sure the tourism sector works for both residents and visitors alike.
“We have already taken action to give communities greater ability to manage the impact that second homes can have in some locations. These include closing tax loopholes, introducing higher stamp duty and permitting councils to apply higher council tax on second homes.
Airbnb listing data showed a 33 per cent increase in UK listings between 2017 and 2018 and the rise in the use of online platforms for short-term letting has brought many benefits – from an increase in the variety and availability of options to allowing people to make money from renting out spare rooms and properties.
Commenting, Merilee Karr, Chair of the STAA (Short Term Accommodation Association) and CEO of UnderTheDoormat Group said, “The STAA and our members have been calling for the introduction of a national registration scheme for some time as it will provide the first authoritative data source to objectively assess the state of the industry in England.
“We welcome the opportunity to feed into this call for evidence, but it is crucial that this process takes into account the differences between those short-term rentals that take place in homes that people live in and those that take place in purely investment properties.”