Earlier this week, the Government launched a consultation on short-term holiday rentals, which I know is of interest to so many of you. The sharing and short-term home rental economy has brought great flexibility to many, providing holiday-makers with greater choice and flexibility. However, there has been an impact on the housing market and local communities, particularly in tourism hotspots in Northumberland, and a sense that new entrants in the market are not being held to the same standards as traditional operators of guest accommodation such as hotels and bed and breakfasts.
Many other countries and cities have introduced measures in recent years to respond to some of these issues. As the tourism sector recovers from COVID-19, the government believes that now is the right time to assess the situation in England. The Tourism Recovery Plan of June 2021 committed to launching a consultation on this issue, and you can read more about the consultation and how to take part HERE.