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KEYWORD "Holiday Lets" - 100 RESULTS
Hands Off Short Lets - long term empty homes are bigger problem

The embattled short let and holiday let industry has hit out at what it calls the “rampant hypocrisy” of councils when...

27 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Distinctly Underwhelmed by Tories’ manifesto pledges

Agents, and others in the lettings industry, have given a sceptical response to the Conservative manifesto and its varied pledges about...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Reviews are key to success in saturated market - claim

An insurance firm’s assessment of how to market a holiday let successfully claims that strongly favourable reviews are far and away...

29 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Second homes and incomer buyers are good news - Propertymark

Propertymark has stepped into the row over whether there should be more controls over second homes, holiday lets and people from...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning To Labour - Rent Controls Just Won’t Work

If Labour plans to bring in rent controls they won’t work, a property association has warned.  The National Association of Property Buyers...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark wants Labour to come clean on rent controls

Propertymark wants Labour to come clean on its rent control policy, as the party repeatedly flip-flops on the issue. The agents’ body...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Restrictions - Gove slammed by Labour-dominated council body

London councils have slammed government plans for regulating the short-term and holiday lets sector. In a letter to Housing Secretary Michael Gove,...

21 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Hate Crime - Anti-Second Home Posters reported to police

Anti-second home posters seen in parts of North Wales and on social media have been reported to the police as a...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

UK’s most lucrative locations for holiday let income

The Cotswolds is the most lucrative place in the UK to own a holiday let, according to Sykes Holiday Cottages. With annual...

14 May 2024

From: Breaking News

New Holiday Lets booking system rivals hotels, says supplier

PropTech firm Pikl is launching an insurance-backed cancellation product specifically for holiday lets that will enable operators to offer the same...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

London lettings becoming more stable, says LonRes

February saw significant improvements in activity across the prime London lettings market, and annual rental growth also increased slightly after four...

21 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Mainstream lettings agency diversifies into short-lets management

A holiday lettings agency and an estate agent in a tourist hotspot have joined forces.  Suffolk Coastal will continue with its sales...

11 March 2024

From: Breaking News

PropTech sector gives a thumbs down to lacklustre Budget

The PropTech sector has mostly agreed with the rest of the industry in its view on yesterday’s Budget - that it...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Tax Grab - leading agency boss speaks out

A figure in one of the country’s highest profile lettings companies has hit out at a government proposal to penalise the...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax Grab - rental sector may not be viable warns Propertymark

The chief executive of Propertymark has made an outspoken attack on the government in response to its latest attempt to extract...

04 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax Raid planned on rental sector in Budget - report

The Budget on Wednesday will contain a £300m tax raid on the rental sector according to a report this morning -...

03 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Building society bans mortgages on holiday let properties

A building society has launched a pilot project banning mortgage lending on holiday lets in two tourist areas for 12 months. Leeds...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove’s Airbnb Crackdown - Criticism building

There’s growing anger over restrictions on private homeowners using their properties via Airbnb and other short let platforms. Earlier this week Housing...

21 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Shake Up - Gove slammed for “political posturing”

The trade body representing short lets providers and support companies has reacted angrily to government proposals for a radical shake up. Housing...

19 February 2024

From: Breaking News

MPs turn on Airbnb and other short lets

Prominent MPs from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have renewed their onslaught on Airbnb and other short let platforms.  Former Lib...

06 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Poor communication stops short let repeat bookings - claim

A new study claims holiday rental providers could increase business five fold or more through improved communication. The study asked more than...

23 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rebrand for one of lettings industry’s best known suppliers

One of the lettings sector’s longest-standing suppliers - Mortgages for Business - is rebranding. It’s to be known as Mortgage Finance Brokers,...

18 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark backs controversial Airbnb registration scheme

Letting agents’ body Propertymark is throwing its weight behind a mandatory licensing and registration scheme for short let landlords. Anyone who lets...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Short Lets registration scheme to be introduced

A mandatory short lets registration and licensing scheme is to be introduced in part of the UK, described as a system...

11 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Another holiday lets area council slaps tax surcharge on second homes

Second homes in the area of Essex known as Tendring - including popular holiday lets resort Frinton on Sea and the...

01 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Politicians told - You’re wrong on additional homes tax surcharge

Propertymark has told politicians that an additional homes tax will not succeed in increasing housing supply. Timothy Douglas, head of policy and...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Letting agents accused of “profiteering” rent rises

A new manifesto calling for rent controls and a raft of other measures is accusing the current rent rises of being...

06 October 2023

From: Breaking News

‘Ethical’ lettings agent meets MP to discuss rental crisis

A lettings agent who describes himself as “a responsible and ethical property professional” has met with a Liberal Democrat MP to...

11 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Ban on HMOs converting to Airbnb causes consultation uproar

A move to stop HMOs being used as Airbnb or other short lets has been put forward in the westcountry -...

08 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Hate campaign launched against Airbnb

A hate campaign against AirBnb appears to have been launched in a Welsh village. Newspaper reports say a sticker reading 'Death to...

15 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax Loopholes - government slammed over additional properties

A long-standing and respected property firm has slammed the government for presiding over the “mess” of taxes applied to holiday lets...

05 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency issues guide for ‘responsible’ holiday lettings

One of the largest vacation lettings agencies - Sykes Holiday Cottages - says a survey shows that two thirds of holiday...

27 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Council chief slams holiday lets 'tax subsidy' scheme

A Liberal Democrat council leader says all properties - even those in properly established lettings businesses - should be charged council...

15 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Government told - Stop the attacks on holiday lettings sector!

A holiday lettings agency has come out fighting on behalf of its clients. Following calls by local leaders in Cornwall and Devon...

26 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Surcharge: Labour considers raising it even higher

Labour is considering raising the buy to let and holiday home stamp duty surcharge above the current three per cent if...

12 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Anger over Airbnbs and holiday lets needing planning consent

The new trade body for short lets has reacted angrily to a government plan for AirBnb and other short let hosts...

13 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Holiday Lets contribute to soaring costs of coastal homes

The cost of coastal homes in Britain more than doubled - rising 56 per cent - between 2012 and 2022 says...

11 April 2023

From: Breaking News

New powers confirmed over holiday lets and second homes

New powers have been revealed to tackle what the Welsh Government calls the ‘problem’ of second homes.  A statement from the Senedd...

05 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour council tax freeze ‘not for empty buy to lets or second homes’

Labour’s much-publicised pledge to freeze council tax for the next year excludes empty buy to let properties and second homes it...

03 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Tory MP blames Airbnb lets for shortage of staff accommodation

A Conservative MP in a tourist region has blamed the switch of rental accommodation to Airbnbs for a shortage of places...

27 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Investment hotspots for holiday home buyers revealed by survey

Cheshire has topped a new ranking of the best places in the UK to invest in a holiday let, according to...

21 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Higher tax on second homes - another council speaks out

West Oxfordshire council is the latest to demand new government legislation to increase council tax on empty and second homes in...

15 March 2023

From: Breaking News

New curbs on holiday lets are “inhumane” - claim

The latest restrictions imposed on holiday lets by a UK government are hurting local economies. The Welsh Government has confirmed there will...

07 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Political wannabes wrong to blame holiday lets, claims top agent

A prominent lettings agent has criticised leading candidates for the leadership of the Scottish National Party for anti-holiday let policies. David Alexander,...

03 March 2023

From: Breaking News

No blanket licensing required for short lets - Propertymark

Licensing for Airbnbs and similar short lets should be targeted in priority areas only and not the subject of blanket rules. That’s...

22 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnbs and Holiday Lets give huge cash boost to communities - claim

The growth of the short term rentals sector has helped create an economy featuring jobs that benefit local communities and fit...

14 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Business Rates shock for holiday let owners - warning

The Valuation Office Agency has issued a reminder that changes to eligibility rules for self-catering properties will come into effect from...

10 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Good News - signs of optimism in buy to let mortgage market

Legal & General says it’s seeing signs of optimism in different parts of the buy to let sector. Firstly it’s seen a...

29 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians insist “we’re not at war with holiday lets”

South Hams council in south Devon - one of the UK’s top holiday spots - has unanimously agreed proposals for second...

23 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Short lets industry backs government register scheme

The fledgling trade body for the UK’s short lets industry has welcomed the government’s proposal for a registration scheme for hosts. The...

13 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Public back big tax rise for second home and lets owners

A consultation proposing a steep rise in council tax for second homes has won strong public support. Flintshire council in north Wales...

09 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour MP attacks Airbnb hosts for “exploiting” housing crisis

A Labour MP has attacked Airbnb hosts and others in the short lets business, accusing them of “this exploitation of housing...

08 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Empty homes and holiday homes totals on the rise - new figures

The number of long-term empty homes has risen in every region of the UK during 2022 according to new government figures. The...

24 November 2022

From: Breaking News

We want higher council tax for second homes, says lettings agency

A holiday lettings agency has taken the unusual step of speaking out in favour of higher council tax for second home...

21 November 2022

From: Breaking News

More lettings reps on beefed up redress panel

One of the two official redress bodies, the Property Redress Scheme, has announced a beefed up advisory panel with a substantial...

25 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Another council hits Airbnbs and holiday homes with higher taxes

The owners of second homes in a key short lets and tourist hotspot are set to have to pay a premium...

29 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in numbers of holiday lets in popular areas

The number of active holiday lets has increased by a third in some of England’s most popular short break destinations. The biggest...

11 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb threat to communities leads to ‘locals only’ policy idea

Agents are being dragged into a debate over whether locals should be given priority to rent or buy, as a result...

05 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Council buying homes to stop them becoming Airbnbs

A council has purchased some 40 properties to avoid them becoming holiday homes and Airbnbs. Highland council in Scotland is spending up...

27 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Holiday lets agency gives insight into frantic summer business

New research predicts a record year for holiday home owners in the UK with more people than ever planning to staycation...

25 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Politician wants Airbnb hosts to switch properties to long-term rentals

A politician has called on Airbnb hosts in his local area to switch their properties to long-term rentals. Isle of Wight councillor...

19 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Fighting Back - short lets and holiday homes do NOT hit affordability

Holiday lets and second homes in one hotspot in the UK have not, after all, impacted on house prices and affordability,...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Propertymark group lobbying politicians ahead of rental reforms

Propertymark has set up a working group of experts, agents, landlords and stakeholders in response to radical reforms to the private...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

AirBnb attacks “buy to let speculators” after regulation threat

AirBnb says proposed changes to short let rules in Wales should be aimed at property speculators, not ordinary people. The Welsh Government...

08 July 2022

From: Breaking News

The party’s over for Airbnb

Airbnb says that its so-called ‘party ban’ - introduced in 2020 at the height of the pandemic - is being made...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Backlash over wide-ranging holiday lets rules change

A tourism chief has likened new anti-holiday let regulations to those of a Stalinist dictatorship. Ashford Price, secretary of the Welsh Association...

23 June 2022

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Town votes on ban for new homes being sold as holiday lets

The famous seaside town of Whitby in Yorkshire has voted in a referendum considering a ban on new build properties being...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists want sweeping new taxes on some lettings properties

Activists are calling on the government to impose swingeing taxes on some lettings properties “to bring them back into the residential...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Millions in tax lost through lettings loophole - claim

Local and central government is losing out on millions of pounds of council tax income this year because of the business...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Ditch Airbnb and we will waive fees - agent's offer to landlords

An agency in an Airbnb hotspot is offering incentives to landlords who switch from short lets to long-term mainstream letting. Dan Roskilly,...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

MP says Airbnb glut contributing to “devastation” of city

A Labour MP says a surge in the number of stag and hen parties in her constituency - undertaken by people...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Enough! Voluntary lettings cap introduced by agency

A holiday lettings company says it’s the first in the industry to introduce a voluntary cap on the number of bookings...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

League table shows holiday lets income and capital appreciation

A new investment league table has been drawn up to show best aggregate rent and capital appreciation income for those in...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax on homes to let is ‘hard to implement, not cost effective’

Tax experts say that an attempt to levy higher purchase tax on holiday lets and second homes in one part of...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency reports record lettings year for holiday hot spot

New research from holiday lettings agency Classic Cottages shows that 2021 was a record year in one of the country’s staycation...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Should holiday lets be restricted to buyers with long-term local links?

The activist group Acorn is lobbying a local council to deny people the right to buy a second home or let...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let winning out over Holiday Lets, says agency

Lettings agency Galbraith reports that landlords are now returning to the residential lets sector from holiday lets after several years without...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Tax Hikes: Agents slam politicians for failing to understand effect

ARLA Propertymark has slammed politicians who appear to have ignored a public consultation and gone ahead with draconian changes affecting second...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Selling a buy to let may play into Airbnb's hands, warns agent

Cornwall has been in the spotlight as an area with an acute shortage of long-term rental properties because landlords have switched...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnbs equal homeless people, triggering call for short let controls

Figures obtained by ITV News suggest that one of the country's most popular tourist locations has as many Airbnbs listed as...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency predicts strong holiday lets summer coming up

Bookings for staycations continue to surpass pre-pandemic levels, according to holiday home rental agency Sykes Holiday Cottages.  The company has revealed that...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Holiday lets firm says tourist areas need more affordable homes

A major holiday let company in one of the country’s prime tourist destinations says more affordable homes should be built to...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb lettings ‘racket’ condemned by prominent newspaper

One of the country’s best-read and respected regional newspapers has accused Airbnb of a ‘racket’ by advertising homes on its short-let...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Memo to government: Slash stamp duty surcharge to get more rental units

Politicians who express concern over the number of holiday lets and Airbnbs in tourist areas miss one major point - if...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax clampdown on letting second homes confirmed by government

Owners of second homes who abuse a tax loophole by claiming their often-empty properties are holiday lets will be forced to...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want big rental sector controls ‘to solve housing crisis’

The Liberal Democrats have proposed sharp restrictions on holiday rentals at the heart of the party’s plans to solve the housing...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Are short lets more dog-friendly than buy to lets

The trade body representing Airbnb and other short let providers and sector suppliers says the short let industry is best placed...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rival to Airbnb aims to use booking fees for community benefit

A community interest company is setting up a rival platform to Airbnb, with the aim of using the commission to benefit...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Petition to close property tax loophole still short of target

A petition calling on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to increase tax on holiday lettings has still not hit its 45,000-signature target. Former long...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

 New tax system for Airbnbs and holiday lets being finalised by government

The government says it’s finalising plans for a new tax regime to apply to additional homes, and in particular those used...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday lettings firm to float on London Stock Exchange

Travel Chapter, which owns the high profile Holidaylettings brand, is to float on the London Stock Exchange's junior AIM market. Devon-based Travel...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Better standards and controls for short lets needed, admits major provider

The short lets sector - already receiving political and community criticism for eroding the wider private rental sector - needs better...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

We do like to be beside the seaside! Landlords snub tenants for holiday lets

Rental stock has dropped as landlords seek to profit from the staycation boom, Rightmove claims. Data from the portal suggests seaside towns...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

 Activists want HMRC to remove tax perks from holiday lets

Baroness Alicia Kennedy, director of the Generation Rent campaign, says rents in Wales, Scotland and South West England have soared thanks...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hits back at growing criticism of damage to rental sector

Airbnb has issued a lengthy statement in response to a recent raft of criticisms about the effects of soaring numbers of...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax Take: Petition for Sunak to close holiday lets tax loophole

A tenant who says his former rental property has been turned into an Airbnb has set up a petition demanding Chancellor...

06 August 2021

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Tory MP to declare ‘state of emergency’ over loss of rental stock

A Conservative MP says he is to declare a “state of housing emergency” in his constituency because of the loss of...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Surge in holiday let incorporations set up during pandemic

The rate at which holiday let businesses is being set up has more than doubled during the pandemic according to the...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Wales to clamp down on holiday lets and additional homes

Wales’ Labour-led administration is to announce a three-pronged approach to affordability issues - and it looks likely to involve a clampdown...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government slammed over holiday lets mixed messages

A lettings management platform is hitting out at the government over the uncertainty surrounding travel restrictions, because of its impact on...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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