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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

Landlords Back Crackdown on Airbnb, Council Claims

In a surprising twist, North Devon council claims that local landlords are throwing their weight behind a move to tighten the reins on Airbnb and other short-term lets.

This bustling tourist hotspot has seen a surge in short-term lets, leading to concerns about the availability of long-term rentals.

According to the council, a whopping 85% of landlords, estate agents, and housing charities who participated in a consultation were in favour of a policy change for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). However, the council's claim should be taken with a pinch of salt as only 124 people in total actually supported the proposal, indicating a rather lukewarm response to the consultation.

The council's proposed policy aims to prevent HMOs from being used for mixed accommodation, i.e., a combination of permanent accommodation and short lets. The council argues that such a mix could lead to complications and be inappropriate.

However, not everyone is on board with this proposal. Those who disagreed voiced concerns over how the policy would be enforced and argued that landlords should have the freedom to decide how they use their properties.

While the council's claim of overwhelming support may be a bit overstated, it does highlight an ongoing debate in the property world. As the popularity of short-term lets continues to grow, it's clear that striking a balance between the needs of landlords, tenants, and the wider community will be a key challenge moving forward.

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