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To: Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government - Robert Jenrick

Homes not Hotels! Demand mandatory data sharing by short term lets companies

Homes not Hotels! Demand mandatory data sharing by short term lets companies

The Government to enforce mandatory data sharing by all holiday let companies so that councils throughout the country can crack down on short term lets and prioritise homes not hotels

Why is this important?

It's been revealed that 1 in 50 homes in London are now holiday lets, meaning families and those working in the capital are being forced out of their homes and facing higher rents.

Right now, if a home in London is rented out on the holiday let market for more than 90 days in the course of a year then the landlord is required to apply for planning permission to let it out to tourists.

However, because there are loads of holiday let companies out there, landlords can bounce from Airbnb to HomeStay to Hostmaker and to FlipKey without regulation. Cash-strapped local councils don't have the staff or the data to track down landlords that are breaking the law.

The rise of holiday lets is growing throughout England, and councils outside London have even fewer powers to do anything about it.

The massive rise in companies like Airbnb and HomeStay means more evictions for long term tenants, less secure private rented housing available for Londoners and rents are being pushed up.

How it will be delivered

Deliver to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

London

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Reasons for signing

  • Tenants need more protection. I can remember back in the 60s that the Government said “Never again” in relation to bad landlords. I think politicians have short memories or do not ask the Civil Service for their help & advice.
  • The hotel industry should not be encroaching on rental homes, when there is a housing shortage.
  • All over South East UK has become unaffordable, for its locals, because of these selfish, greedy and lazy landlords. Our neighbours were evicted before Christmas. Their home has been left empty ever since.

Updates

2020-02-21 15:36:54 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2020-02-18 16:48:43 +0000

500 signatures reached

2020-02-14 13:59:26 +0000

100 signatures reached

2020-02-14 13:02:53 +0000

50 signatures reached

2020-02-08 03:53:59 +0000

25 signatures reached

2020-02-05 14:19:41 +0000

10 signatures reached