The government is planning to crack down on allowing holidays with new rules that could affect people across the country.
Converting homes into short-term retreats will require planning permission under a government plan to prevent residents from being “pushed out of dear towns”.
The government said it would consult on the change and on another proposal for an enrollment scheme to allow short-term leave.
Airbnb welcomed the government’s rollout of the enrollment plan, but said it wanted to make sure any changes to the planning system “strikes a balance between protecting homes and supporting families.” every day allows them the space to help them buy a home and keep pace with the rising cost of living.”
Below, we look at what the new rules mean for you.
What does that mean for my chances of getting an Airbnb at a fair price?
The specific problem the government wants to address is the practice of “industrializing” Airbnb and similar rental platforms. This has long been a problem in cities like Barcelona, with entire apartment complexes acquired by investors specifically for short-term rentals to tourists (and businessmen) who want there is an alternative to the hotel. This practice distorts the real estate market by eliminating the possibility that it can be rented out or sold to locals.
By introducing a new category of holiday permits and placing it under local zoning control, the hope is that speculative property acquisitions can be corrected. Compared to the current relatively free market, supply will be tight – resulting in less choice and higher prices.
But the original concept of Airbnb — whereby hosts rent out empty rooms — will not be affected by any changes to the law. The government also suggests that property owners can also rent out their entire home for 30, 60 or 90 days. If 90 days is chosen, that will provide a lot of capacity in peak season.
What are the plans?
A planning permit may be required to convert a home into a planned short-term leave. Those who want to change the use of their property from ‘C3 housing’ to ‘C5 short-term rental’ are set to get the new permitted development rights.
While the definition of a short-term rental permit has yet to be finalized, it will now include properties used such as vacation permits as well as properties used for overnight stays that are not someone’s main home.
The definition is as follows: “The use of a dwelling other than the sole residence or principal residence as a temporary accommodation for the purpose of vacation, rest, recreation, business or other tourism.”
The Department of Upgrades, Housing and Communities said it would consult on requesting planning permission for an existing home to begin being used as a short-term rental, as well as whether it allows owners the flexibility to rent the house to the maximum extent or not. number of nights of the year without permission.
The government said local authorities could choose not to use zoning controls and they would only apply in the UK.
It said registration is being introduced through the Upgrading and Renewal Bill currently being passed by Parliament, while changes to the plan, depending on the outcome of the consultation, will be introduced through pass secondary legislation later this year.
Why are new rules set to be introduced?
The government is cracking down on second homes in tourist hotspots to prevent residents from being “pushed out of dear towns”.
Community Minister Michael Gove said: “Tourism has many benefits for our economy but in too many communities we have seen locals being pushed out of towns, Dear cities and villages by a large number of short-term permits.
“I determined that we made sure that more people had access to affordable local housing, and that we prioritized families who wanted to rent or buy their own home close to where they work.
“I have heard from MPs in tourist attractions and am pleased to launch this consultation to issue planning permission requests for short-term permits.”
How might the rule affect people who already have a vacation?
Short-term rental properties will be grouped into the new C5 short-term use category when the changes are introduced, possibly later this year.
Therefore, only short-term rental owners must apply for planning permission. And this only applies when local councils choose to impose these new planning permit restrictions.
What is the established process?
An application planning for a change of use must be filled out.
According to the government, a standard fee for this, £452, will apply.
Typically, these applications are decided within eight weeks, as this is the statutory goal. However, an unusually large or complex application in the UK can take up to 13 weeks to process.
When there is a longer wait or a denial, the landlord can appeal.
During the eight-week process, a three-week consultation will take place among the local community.