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KEYWORD "Second Homes" - 100 RESULTS
Tenants want Rental Reform... but can't name the Housing Minister

According to a poll of 1,476 renters by SpareRoom the ongoing housing crisis (85%) tops the list of key priorities to...

06 April 2024

From: Rental Reform

Another council slaps 100% extra tax on property owners

A council has agreed a council tax rise of an additional 100% on second home and long-term empty homes, despite widespread...

26 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Jeremy Hunt slashes the values of holiday homes

A legal firm says Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has effectively slashed the value of holiday homes which are sold from April 2025...

08 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Countryside campaigners back Gove on short lets clampdown

Countryside campaigning charity CPRE has given a warm welcome to Michael Gove’s clampdown on short lets. Last week Housing Secretary Gove announced...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory council chief backs Gove’s clampdown on short let landlords

The Conservative leader of a council which claims it has had problems with Airbnbs and short lets has given wholehearted backing...

20 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax Demand - premiums slapped on second homes and empty properties

Dorset councillors have approved proposals for a council tax premium on second homes and a tightening up on its existing premium...

19 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour council doubles tax on short lets and second homes

Labour-controlled Haringey Council in London says the owners of short lets and furnished holiday homes will be forced to pay double...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Building Society warns it may stop lending on holiday lets

A building society says it is considering ending its policy of lending to buyers of holiday lets. Martese Carton, the director of...

09 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Slap taxes on short lets and holiday homes, urges countryside charity

A countryside body is blaming the government’s failure to provide affordable housing and the rise in short lets for a homelessness...

06 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Second Homes on the march - full breakdown by type and location

There are some 141,245 second homes in England and Wales, new figures show.  Flats are the most common type of second home,...

29 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Politician likens buying a second home to “forced eviction”

The Scottish National Party councillor for Oban North and Lorn - which includes the village of Plockton, made famous by the...

19 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Anti-landlord policy will slash house values by 5% admits council

A local authority is reported to have said that a controversial new policy will reduce house values by five per cent. Gwynedd...

14 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls Here To Stay says Scottish Government

The Scottish Government says rent controls - already existing as a so-called emergency measure - will become permanent. Scottish First Minister Humza...

07 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Higher Taxes for Second Homes - landlords urged to have a say

There are only a few days left for landlords to have input to a government consultation on council tax hikes for...

22 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Anti-lets council policy will slash property values, says top agent

A leading agent in an area set to be hit by draconian planning restrictions on holiday lets is warning that the...

14 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Brexit slashes number of Britons letting  overseas homes

Data from the English Housing Survey suggests that the number of English owners of second homes in Europe has fallen again. The...

24 July 2023

From: Breaking News

How To Protect Your Holiday Home While Letting It Out

According to the latest English Housing Survey there were 495,000 second homes in the UK in 2018/19 – a figure said to...

22 July 2023

From: Top tips & guides

Airbnbs and Short Lets to be probed by new housing commission

A team of experts will look into the impact ofd Airbnbs and other short lets in a part of the UK...

13 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax Shock - property firm wants landlords to pay even more

A long-standing and respected property firm has slammed the government for presiding over the “mess” of taxes applied to holiday lets...

07 July 2023

From: Breaking News

First-ever bid to make holiday lets subject to planning consent

A council is launching a bid to make the use of a home for a holiday let subject to a mandatory...

16 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Tory hard liners want stamp duty to stay on additional homes

A vocal group of around 50 Conservative right wing MPs wants an end to stamp duty - except for additional homes...

07 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Activists take aim at holiday home owners in tourist areas

The Generation Rent activist group claims holiday homes are eroding the supply of available properties in key tourist areas.  It claims 80...

06 June 2023

From: Breaking News

How Much? Huge tax payments by landlords

Investors and second home buyers contributed over a quarter of all property taxes in the last year according to a property...

30 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Tory MP wants “locals first” policy against short lets

A Tory MP representing a popular tourist area has attacked the proliferation of short lets, and wants a “locals first” policy...

26 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Pilot study into Airbnb and second homes effect on communities

An area has been identified for a two-year study of the impact which second homes, Airbnbs, other holiday lets and empty...

25 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Surcharge: Labour considers raising it even higher

Labour is considering raising the buy to let and holiday home stamp duty surcharge above the current three per cent if...

15 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Second homes to be clobbered with more than double council tax

Councils are to be given powers to enact huge tax increases on second homes and empty properties, the Scottish Government proposes. New...

18 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax Change Delayed as government drags its feet over Bill

The plans of many local authorities to double the council tax levels for second homes and some empty properties from April...

31 March 2023

From: Breaking News

How To Protect Landlords’ Empty Homes

According to the most recent statistics there are 676,452 vacant properties in England, nearly half a million of which have been...

18 March 2023

From: The Big Issues

Is Now the Right Time to Invest in a Second Property?

  Second home market growth and falling house prices could be a combination for success. There’s been a clear positive correlation between profit...

11 March 2023

From: The Big Issues

Don’t hammer Airbnb landlords with extra council tax - call

A prominent property industry figure says he backs higher council tax for unlet and vacant second homes but warns that Airbnb...

08 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Another council doubles tax on second homes

Dorset council is the latest to agree a policy to double the council tax on second homes and to implement an...

03 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Council to spend £1m gathering information about HMOs

A council is to spend £1m “to gather information about the conditions of specific groups of privately rented properties and proactively...

01 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Are second homes “flipped” to  Airbnb to avoid council tax?

Campaigners behind the National Empty Homes Week - running until March 5 - are accusing some second home owners of “flipping”...

01 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Lender banning second homes now suspends arrears fees

A building society that last summer scrapped all lending on some holiday homes has now come up with another unusual policy...

27 February 2023

From: Breaking News

HMRC on the warpath: Warning issued over undeclared income

Landlords of Airbnbs and other short-lets risk facing penalties for tax evasion if they fail to report income on their rental...

27 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Holiday Lets - the importance of supporting the local community

Last week it was announced that North Devon's second homeowners could pay double the amount of council tax after one year...

25 February 2023

From: Agent Advice

Families “turfed out” of private rental homes, claims Labour MP

A Labour MP has told the House of Commons that “families are being turfed out of their private rented homes under...

23 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Licensing should be in “priority areas only” say agents

Licensing for Airbnbs and similar short lets should be targeted in priority areas only and not the subject of blanket rules. That’s...

21 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Tories and Lib Dems unite to hammer holiday let landlords

There’s been something of a love-in on a local authority in a popular tourist area of the UK - with second...

20 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax shock for holiday let owners when rates change kicks in

The Valuation Office Agency has issued a reminder that changes to eligibility rules for self-catering properties will come into effect from...

13 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Property Tax Surcharge - politicians break rank to query measure

Two Members of the Scottish Parliament have broken rank with their own party to query the motivation behind a new property...

20 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Second Homes tax hike agreed by all political parties

Plans to impose a premium on council tax for for second homeowners have been approved by Cornwall Council with all-party agreement. The...

19 January 2023

From: Breaking News

AirBnb demands mortgage lenders allow owners to short-let homes

Airbnb has gone into battle against mortgage lenders opposed to their customers letting out their homes. The short let platform is calling...

16 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Do more to help landlords in tourist hotspots, politicians urged

The agents’ trade body Propertymark says it wants the Welsh Government to do more to support landlords letting in tourist hotspots. The...

23 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Boycott Airbnbs to solve the short lets problem, editor urges

The new editor of an influential newspaper property supplement has come up with a way of solving what she calls “the...

19 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory slams government over second homes and “stuck” first time buyers

A prominent Conservative has described as “infuriating and saddening” the fact that so many Millennials are stuck renting and cannot afford...

12 December 2022

From: Breaking News

New short lets and second homes policy - vague government pledge

The government has announced that it’s going to work on a new second homes policy with one particular council - if...

07 December 2022

From: Breaking News

We back higher council tax on second homes, says lettings agency

A holiday lettings agency has taken the unusual step of speaking out in favour of higher council tax for second home...

30 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory Tax Threat - party warned over yet more property taxation

A prominent figure in the lettings industry is warning the Tories against ‘stealth increases’ for Capital Gains and Inheritance taxes. David Alexander...

09 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Under Threat - The Holiday Lettings Sector

A confused and complicated approach to holiday homes in England, Scotland and Wales threatens the future of the holiday letting sector...

05 November 2022

From: Tax & Finance

MPs slam landlords and second homes as they urge stamp duty rethink

MPs from Opposition parties in the House of Commons have attacked the government’s recent stamp duty change - and taken the...

27 October 2022

From: Breaking News

No Stamp Duty cut for landlords or Airbnbs, says Tory MP

A Conservative MP says the stamp duty cut announced in the now-legendary mini-Budget at the end of last month should not...

21 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Threat to second homes will damage private rental supply - claim

A prominent supporter of landlords has accused Labour and nationalist politicians of making the supply shortage of private rental properties in...

17 October 2022

From: Breaking News

The Golden Age of Buy To Let is Over

Amateur landlords have fallen out of favour. Buy-to-let properties – once the darling of budding investors looking for stable, long-term returns...

13 August 2022

From: Agent Advice

Anti-second home sentiment builds as building society stops lending

A building society will no longer lend for the purchase of second homes, saying they reduce the stock available for first...

01 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Delay in council tax premiums imposed on second homes

One of the country’s second home and holiday let hotspots has been told it will be unable to levy extra council...

28 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour war on holiday lets - UK-wide licensing scheme proposed

Labour wants to bring in a UK-wide licensing system for holiday lets to preserve the “spirit” of costal and rural communities. The...

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent launches Twitter attack on holiday lets

Generation Rent, which typically attacks all landlords and especially those involved in buy to let, has instead focussed its latest social...

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Holiday lets do not impact housing affordability - claim

Holiday lets and second homes in one hotspot in the UK have not, after all, impacted on house prices and affordability,...

19 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory MP backs tighter rules on Airbnbs and other short lets

A Conservative MP who has already suggested a 25 mile limit around some rental properties to reserve them for people with...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Government clampdown on Airbnbs, holiday lets and second homes

Councils will be able to control numbers of second homes and holiday lets under new plans unveiled by the Welsh Government. There...

06 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Landslide win for anti-holiday let vote - but a very low turnout

A campaign to stop new build homes being sold to second home buyers for holiday lets has won a decisive victory...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Expert stands up for holiday lets after attacks on second homes

An insurance chief with expertise in the holiday lets sector has stood up for owners who let their properties to holidaymakers...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Investors no longer driving force behind off-plan sales

The extreme shortage of properties for sale has fuelled the first rise in new homes sold off-plan since 2016 - but...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists want holiday lets allowed only to long-term local residents

The activist group Acorn is lobbying a local council to deny people the right to buy a second home or let...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour MP launches ‘First Homes, Not Second Homes’ campaign

A Labour MP in the westcountry appears to be winning support for a campaign he has launched called First Homes, Not...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive tax hike and stiffer rules for holiday lets in one part of UK

The Welsh Government has announced an increase to the maximum level of council tax premiums for second homes, as well as...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls and EPCs - landlords urged to respond to consultation

A prominent country property expert has issued an urgent appeal to rural landlords to become involved in the consultation process which...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Conservatives increasingly keen on helping renters rather than landlords

A poll of Conservative voters shows strong majorities for higher taxes on second homes and empty properties, and tougher demands on...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory MP lobbies Sunak over “tax-avoiding absentee landlords”

An MP has lobbied Chancellor Rishi Sunak about what he calls “tax avoiding absentee landlords” who have moved into the holiday...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short lets wreck local housing markets, say conservationists

The Council for the Protection of Rural England is the latest body to blast Airbnb and other short lets for their...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax clampdown on holiday lets will help 'genuine’ agents - claim

A tourism chief has stood up in favour of closing what the government calls a tax loophole for landlords letting out...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Compulsory Landlord Register? Clamp-down likely on holiday lets

The government looks set to clamp down on holiday rentals and will this year formally consult on the concept of a...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Hotspot’s second homes council tax premium to be agreed soon

Councillors in a second home hotspot will be asked to decide on the level of council tax premium for the next...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls on the agenda for another part of the UK

The new coalition of the Scottish National Party and the Greens in Scotland has pledged to introduce rent controls - and...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-second home campaigners set up Parliamentary petition

Some 6,000 signatures have so far been added to an online petition calling on the Welsh Parliament to “address” the issue...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bravo for second home-owners - senior politician speaks up for sector

A leading politician in Wales has spoken out in favour of second homeowners, who are under increasing scrutiny in that country...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s War! Activists and Green Party at loggerheads over landlords

Activists in the Acorn pro-tenant movement have sharply criticised the Green Party which runs Brighton council for allegedly failing to prosecute...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC and Valuation Office working on new tax regime for holiday lets

A government housing minister has confirmed to the House of Lords that a new tax regime for Airbnb hosts and holiday...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday Lets backlash - protest claims local being priced out

The protest movement against second homes in Wales appears to be gathering pace. The BBC reports that over 150 campaigners have gathered...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Incentives for landlords to shun Airbnb short lets - council call

The leader of a council in one of the areas of the UK with the highest number of Airbnb-style short lets...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent control momentum grows - petition nears 50,000 signatures

A petition urging rent caps for private tenants and hefty tax rises for second home owners is now nearing its 50,000...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb fights back against criticism of short lets

Airbnb has issued a lengthy statement in response to a recent raft of criticisms about the effects of soaring numbers of...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Cheaper Rents - tenants' protest scheduled for next week

Protesters in a part of the UK with high numbers of holiday lets will stage a demonstration next week demanding cheaper...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Nationalist politicians complain about promoting buy to let

Welsh Nationalist politicians are complaining about a finance company which identified part of Wales as having attractive yields for buy to...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New attack underway on rental and holiday homes

An estate agent in Scotland is warning that a new attack on the rental sector and holiday homes may be underway.  Jennifer...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday lets set to face extra financial penalties in one part of UK

Landlords in the holiday let market in Wales look almost certain to face hefty new barriers under proposals being considered by...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New petition calls for rent controls and additional home taxes

A petition urging rent caps for private tenants and hefty tax rises for second home owners has got 42,000 backers -...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council considers 50% tax premium on second homes

A public consultation is underway on proposals for a local authority to increase the council tax premium for second homes -...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring number of second homes jumping on staycation bandwagon

The number of second homes in the UK has risen 30 per cent over the last five years, according to a...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Should investors take advantage of Florida’s market boom?

The spring market in Florida is white-hot at the moment, rivalling the increasing temperatures across the state as people begin their...

13 April 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Closing tax loophole for rentals doesn’t go far enough for some

The closing of a tax loophole which allow some owners of holiday lets to avoid paying council tax does not go...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

What should you do to maximise the rental potential of your property?

The first thing you need to consider when you’re buying a second property is what are you buying it for –...

08 March 2021

From: Property Investment & Strategy

Labour swipe at Budget “giveaway for landlords”

Labour has accused Chancellor Rishi Sunak of prioritising a tax break for landlords over the need for affordable housing or help for...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords targeted for another huge tax from government

Landlords could be in line for another huge tax burden - a doubling of Capital Gains Tax.  A report commissioned by the government...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Additional home buyers should require planning consent - claim

Buyers of second or holiday homes in Snowdonia National Park should require planning permission to purchase. That’s the view of the park's...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Second homes under attack from locals hit by high house prices

Local people in a part of Wales claim they are being priced out of their communities by investment buyers and second home...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Increasing capital gains tax would ‘have a detrimental impact on supply’

Increasing capital gains tax would almost certainly have an adverse impact on the private rented sector, according to NAEA Propertymark and...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Kent Reliance introduces new buy-to-let tax guide

The buy-to-let market has been impacted by tax rule changes in recent years, and as a result landlords have been unable...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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