HM Govt issue a call for evidence on the holiday letting market
Since 2018, the number of holiday lets on the Isle of Wight has increased by 39%, from 908 properties to 1262*.
The Government has launched the consultation calling for evidence on the holiday letting market.
The primary purpose of the consultation is two-fold:
To enable DCMS to better understanding of the benefits and challenges of the increase in short-term and holiday letting in England, focusing on the size and shape of the market; the application, awareness and enforcement of regulations regarding the health and safety of customers; and on the impact on the housing market and local communities.
To gather initial evidence on the potential impact of a range of possible policy responses in order to consider whether there are options DCMS should pursue further through a further consultation, and consider possible alternative to registration and licensing schemes including non-regulatory alternatives.
The Call for Evidence consists of 11 questions with two further consideration questions
- Are you able to provide us with evidence illustrating the size and nature of the short-term and holiday letting market in England and/or its regions, and how that has changed over time?
- What do you consider to be the main benefits of short-term and holiday letting for:
c) Businesses and the wider economy
- How do you assess levels of compliance with regulations on:
a) Fire safety
b) Gas safety
c) Health and safety
d) Food and drink
- Do you consider there to be a problem with breach of contractual agreements in the short-term and holiday letting market in England? If so, why?
- Do you consider there to be other legal provisions concerning the supply of short-term and holiday letting to paying guests which are not covered elsewhere in this call for evidence but where there are issues with awareness, compliance and/or enforcement?
- Do you consider the increase in short-term and holiday letting in England to have had adverse consequences on the housing market?
- Do you consider noise, anti-social or other nuisance behaviour in short-term and holiday lets in England to be a problem? If so, why?
- Aside from the impacts on housing and incidents of anti-social/nuisance behaviour, do you consider the increase in short-term and holiday letting in England to have had other adverse impacts on local communities and residents?
- Which of the following do you consider to be the most appropriate form of response in the short-term letting market?
1 – Do nothing
2 – Provide more information to the sector
3 – Develop a self-certification registration scheme
4 – Develop a registration scheme with light-touch checks
5 – Develop a licencing scheme with physical checks of the premises
6 – Regulatory alternative to a registration system, such as extension of the Deregulation Act 2015
- What do you consider to be the costs and associated burdens of these options, who would bear the costs and how might they be mitigated?
- Do you have any insight or evidence on the impact of schemes that are already running, or approaches taken elsewhere in the world?
- What has been the impact of the Deregulation Act 2015, specifically changes made by section 44 to the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1973?
- Is there any other information related to short term lettings and/or the issues already raised in the call for evidence that you wish to draw to the government’s attention?
To read more about the consultion, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-review-into-short-term-tourist-accommodation
To take part in the online consultation, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/developing-a-tourist-accommodation-registration-scheme-in-england/developing-a-tourist-accommodation-registration-scheme-in-england-call-for-evidence
*source BBC News https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-61966359
(editorial in part with thanks to Tourism Alliance)