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06 Mar 2024
Spring Budget a missed opportunity to boost housing supply

The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his Spring Budget on 6 March 2024, likely to be the last before a General Election. Whilst a cut in Capital Gains Tax on property transactions will be welcomed, the sector will be disappointed that key measures, such as stamp duty breaks for last time buyers, increasing mortgage availability and a suspension of the 3% stamp duty land tax premium on buy-to-let purchases have been overlooked.

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19 Feb 2024
Councils to wield greater powers over short-term lets

A mandatory national register and a requirement for planning permission will give local authorities in England the ability to measure the impact of holiday lets in their area and to restrict the proliferation of new lets to protect access to permanent housing for local people.

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10 Jan 2024
Compulsory registration will enable short-term lets to demonstrate quality

Plans for statutory registration and licensing for all visitor accommodation in Wales have been announced with legislation expected to be introduced before the end of the year to address the negative impact second homes and short-term holiday lets have on the availability and affordability of housing for local people.

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18 Jul 2023
Local short-term let rules are the only way to ensure balance

Responding to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) consultation on the registration options for a short-term lets (STLs) licensing scheme in England, Propertymark stated that any scheme should not be compulsory for local authorities if they can prove they are having no impact on private rented sector supply in their area.

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02 May 2023
Second and empty homes council tax consultation

The Scottish Government want to understand how they can help councils make the best use of existing housing in their area, including managing the numbers of short-term lets, and second and long-term empty homes, where these are causing local housing issues.

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24 Apr 2023
Registration scheme and new use class for short-term lets

A Department for Culture, Media & Sport consultation has been launched looking at three high-level possible approaches to a registration scheme with detailed questions about the design.

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21 Feb 2023
Gove questioned about Renters' Reform

Pressing housing questions were put to the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in an oral session in the House of Commons on Monday 20 February 2023, with the Secretary of State, Michael Gove giving some reassurance to landlords and tenants, however, the long-promised Renters’ Reform Bill is still awaited.

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17 Feb 2023
Restrict licensing to priority areas only

Recognising the fact that some members in Wales operate for landlords of short-term holiday lets, Propertymark has responded to the Welsh Government’s consultation to establish a statutory licensing scheme for all visitor accommodation in Wales.

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19 Jan 2023
Short-Term Lets Licensing requirements in Scotland extended

The Scottish Government has announced more time for hosts of short-term lets to apply for a licence. The deadline has now been postponed for six months from the original deadline of 31 March 2023 to 1 October 2023.

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19 Dec 2022
Call for more landlord support in Welsh tourism hotspots

If the main driver of the proposals from the Welsh Government is to increase housing options for local people, they need to support landlords and increase housing supply where tourism is in high demand, including taxation incentives, boosting local authorities’ levels of Discretionary Housing Payments and improving positive communication with landlords.

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14 Dec 2022
Opportunity to boost Welsh housing supply and decarbonise stock

The Welsh Government’s proposal to provide discretionary powers for local authorities to apply a visitor levy in Wales should see any revenue raised ringfenced to tackle any housing problems within the local authority area. This could also solve the chronic lack of housing options for vulnerable people and working families.

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06 Dec 2022
Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill now has a focus on planning

Putting local communities at the forefront is the next step for the Bill, with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLHUC) announcing housing targets are to remain but are a starting point with new flexibilities to reflect local circumstances.

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25 Oct 2022
The impact of short-term/holiday lets on UK housing

This research piece presents an updated picture of the current market for short-term lets (STLs), looks at the broader costs/benefits to our communities, and potential solutions that could maximise the benefits while minimising the drawbacks as seen by property agents.

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25 Oct 2022
DCMS urged to establish standards within the short-term lettings industry

Propertymark has been outspoken in the past over how the proliferation of short-term lets risks reducing the size of the private rented sector. An increase in short-term and holiday lets also reduces the number of homes for people to purchase which increases house prices as supply is reduced.

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28 Sep 2022
Even playing field within the short-term let market

Scotland’s Short-Term Lets Licensing Order takes effect on 1 October 2022 which will be the first step taken within the UK to officially monitor short-term lets by requiring all councils in Scotland to have an operational licensing system.

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05 Sep 2022
Research to delve into impact of short-term lets

Propertymark is calling on both letting and estate agents from across the country to share their thoughts and experiences as they look to scope out the extent of the issue through an online survey.

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