Under government plans to prevent residents from being “pushed out of cherished towns,” converting homes into short-term holiday rentals would require planning permission.
The government has stated that it will hold consultations regarding the modification and another proposal for a registration scheme for short-term vacation rentals.
Airbnb said that while it was pleased that the government was moving forward with its plans for the register, it wanted to make sure that any changes to the planning system would “strike a balance between protecting housing and supporting everyday families who let their space to help afford their home and keep up with rising living costs.”
The Division for Stepping Up, Lodging and Networks said it will counsel on requiring arranging consent for a current home to begin to be utilized as a momentary let, as well as whether to give proprietors adaptability to let out their home for a greatest number of evenings a year without the requirement for the consent.
Michael Gove, the Communities Secretary, stated: “Tourism brings many benefits to our economy but in too many communities we have seen local people pushed out of cherished towns, cities and villages by huge numbers of short-term lets.
“I’m determined that we ensure that more people have access to local homes at affordable prices, and that we prioritize families desperate to rent or buy a home of their own close to where they work.
“I have listened to representations from MPs in tourist hot spots and am pleased to launch this consultation to introduce a requirement for planning permissions for short term lets.”
The public authority said nearby specialists could decide not to utilize the arranging controls, and that they would just apply in Britain.
It stated that the planning changes would be implemented through secondary legislation later in the year, subject to the outcome of the consultation, while the register is being introduced through the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill that is currently being debated in Parliament.
A request for evidence on the subject led to the plans for a register. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport will conduct the consultation for that.
Lucy Frazer, the secretary of culture, stated: This new world of ultra-flexible short term lets gives tourists more choice than ever before, but it should not come at the expense of local people being able to own their own home and stay local.
“The government wants to help areas get the balance right, and today we have an incomplete picture of the size and spread of our short term lets market.
“This consultation on a national registration scheme will give us the data we need to assess the position and enable us to address the concerns communities face.”