Housing crisis

How to tackle the rural housing crisis in property hotspots like Whitby and end Airbnb abuse – Yorkshire Post Letters

Do owners of second homes in national parks face new tax surcharges?

Worth noting is the work being done by Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron to tackle the housing crisis in Cumbria (The Yorkshire Post, 10 and 11 January) created by the number of second and holiday homes and from Airbnb. His plan includes:

* Make second homes and vacation rentals new categories of planning use. This would mean that National Parks/Councils could effectively monitor and control numbers and taxes.

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* Provide targeted and earmarked funding so planning departments have the resources to effectively enforce this new rule.

Do owners of second homes in national parks face new tax surcharges?

* Give councils the power to raise council tax up to 100% on second homes in the worst affected communities. This would protect communities and generate revenue to improve infrastructure and provide new affordable housing for local families.

* Make sure all vacation rental owners pay council tax, rather than avoiding paying anything if they qualify as a small business.

* Give councils and national parks the power to ensure that 100% of new construction is truly affordable. I would add “for primary occupation only”.

* Prohibit no-fault evictions under Section 21.

Do owners of second homes in national parks face new tax surcharges?

* Make sure platforms like Airbnb meet the same standards as traditional vacation rentals.

May I call on North Yorkshire MPs and councilors to support Mr Farron’s seven-point plan debated in Parliament last week, in particular my local MP for Whitby, to ensure we have the accommodation and staff needed to serve our thriving tourism and care industry?

I would also go a step further and request that party houses used by multiple individuals or families be classified as “multiple occupancy houses” to ensure the safety of our visitors, and that such party houses are not permitted in residential streets.

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