Bishop of Exeter asks about private rented housing in rural areas

The Bishop of Exeter asked a question on the issue of privately rented accommodation in the south-west being bought up as Airbnbs, during a debate on conditions in the rented housing sector on 16th March 2023:

The Lord Bishop of Exeter: My Lords, there is an important rural dimension to this issue. In north Devon, the vast majority of privately rented property has been turned into Airbnb, creating a crisis in rural housing. Does the Minister think that the ability of local authorities to levy council tax is sufficiently robust to tackle this problem? If not, what plans do His Majesty’s Government have to legislate to address this problem, which is escalating every day?

Baroness Scott of Bybrook (Con): I thank the right reverend Prelate. If he looks at the LUR Bill, he will see that we are dealing with this exact problem at the moment. It will probably be debated next week in this Chamber and I look forward to being able to tell him further about what we are going to do.


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