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In further developments around the UK Government’s reform of planning laws in the short-let sector, Letting Agent Today has published an article discussing prominent MPs from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties ‘renewing their onslaught on Airbnb and other short let platforms’.

Former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron,is quoted: “The government have failed to act to counter the collapse of the long-term rented market into Airbnb properties. We have seen an eviction — a Lakeland clearance — of local people who could work not just in hospitality and tourism but in care, education, health and other sectors. The government promised to bring in a separate category of planning use for short-term lets, but they have failed to do so and have let my community down in the process.”

In the same debate a Tory MP from Cornwall, Steve Double, told government minister Nigel Huddleston: “One thing that the Treasury could do is level the tax playing field on the tax breaks between short-term holiday lets and residential properties. That would make a significant difference and would really help.”

Huddleston told both MPs that the government was listening and open to new suggestions on how restricting holiday lets and specifically short lets may help the overall housing situation in tourist hotspots.

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