Why this Airbnb ‘racket’ needs to be stopped as the MP exposes the Dales and Lakes second home scam – The Yorkshire Post says

The availability of affordable housing in national parks was highlighted by MP Tim Farron.

Yet while some still remember him for his short-lived leadership of the Liberal Democrats, he reinvigorated himself as a preeminent rural activist.

He was among the first to highlight the impact, first, of chaotic rail services and then of Covid, on the tourism industry.

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And now, longstanding concerns over housing availability have prompted calls for online rental company Airbnb to be subject to tougher regulations in the public interest.

The availability of affordable housing in national parks was highlighted by MP Tim Farron.

Mr. Farron’s point is profound – how can it be morally right for Airbnb to advertise properties for tourists that are only available following the owners’ eviction of former tenants using controversial opinions of article 21?

This reported exploitation of the law to evict renters in order to profit and make more money from vacation rentals may make sense to the landlord; this “racketeering” contributes little to the long-term sustainability of national parks.

After all, families don’t just flock to the Dales and the lakes for the unparalleled scenery; they do so because of the careful management of these landscapes and the quality of hospitality.

And if communities continue to wither away because local people can no longer afford a home to rent or buy, national parks will lose some of their appeal with profound consequences for the wider rural economy. . As such, The Yorkshire Post praises Mr Farron for exposing Airbnb’s business practices – and the company’s apparent reluctance to investigate disputes.

Tim Farron is the Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale.

It is also to be the precursor to a debate on how to help rural areas adapt to life after Brexit and hopefully Covid, including a review of taxes paid by owners of second homes and whether their properties should be subject to planning controls when the conditions of use change.

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