Liberal Democrat MP for Tiverton & Honiton, Richard Foord has called for the Government to publish the findings of their review into the usage of Airbnbs and short-term holiday lets. There are over 8,000 properties across Devon listed on Airbnb and the number of UK listings grew 33% between 2017 and 2018.
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There are concerns about the growing size of this market at a time when many local people are struggling to find an affordable place to live. The Government held a review into the growth of short-term tourist accommodation in June – but has yet to publish the findings.
Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate, Mr Foord criticised the ‘unrestricted growth’ of this market. He called for the Government to both publish the review’s findings and act upon them to support local people.
Speaking after the debate, Richard Foord MP said: “Here in the West Country our communities are being put under pressure by the growth of short-term holiday lets. There are more than 11,000 short-term lets, such as Airbnb, in Devon alone – and this is affecting local communities.
“I have many constituents contacting me about their difficulty finding local homes to buy or rent, and they find it galling just how many properties are being snapped up as holiday homes or investment opportunities. Earlier this year there were just three homes available in all of Honiton for private rent. It’s clear to me that we need more affordable homes for local people, not more Airbnbs and short-term lets.
“The Government said it would carry out a review into short-term lets months ago, but disappointingly has not yet published the findings. I simply don’t see what they are waiting for. They should publish the review in full as soon as possible, and act upon its findings to ensure our towns and villages can continue to thrive – without local people being priced out of their own community.”