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:

a) Homeowners

b) Consumers

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?

(Other considerations)

  • 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)