A petition urging rent caps for private tenants and hefty tax rises for second home owners is now nearing its 50,000 signature target.
The online petition on the Change.org site says Cornwall is on the verge of a homelessness crisis, worsened by what it calls the current “second homes property frenzy.”
The county has been at the heart of the so-called ‘race for space’ as buyers from the south east and other areas of England have changed lifestyle following the pandemic.
Part of the lengthy introduction to the petition says: “Cornwall currently has more than 10,290 active Airbnb listings, yet in comparison, the housing website Rightmove had only 62 properties available to rent privately across the whole county.”
Amongst the demands in the petition is one urging Cornwall Council to “work quickly towards outlining firm strategies to cap local rents in keeping with local incomes so that local families are not left homeless.”
The petition was created before the recent SNP-Green Party deal in Scotland which has the introduction of rent controls as one of its central policies.
The Cornwall petition wants also urges a higher and more stringent tax on second homes “which recognises the threat they pose to local communities”, a change in the taxation regime which allows second homes to be classed as businesses in some cases and so lessening their tax burden, and demands the council builds homes which are truly affordable and only for local families.
You can see the petition in full here.
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