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UKH welcomes Gov consultation on short-term letting market

The trade body has been pushing for a Government review, and has informed the call for evidence via round tables and discussions with officials

UKHospitality has “welcomed” the Government’s call for evidence on the short-term letting market in England.

The trade body has been pushing for a Government review, and has informed the call for evidence via round tables and discussions with officials.

UKHospitality has said it will respond to the call for evidence in consultation with its Accommodation Group and other affected areas of its membership.

UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The accommodation market has changed rapidly and significantly with the growth of the digital economy, so it’s absolutely proper that the Government is consulting in this area.

“There is not a level playing field across accommodation providers at present and, prompting worrying concerns relating to negative impacts on local communities and the wellbeing of guests. Indeed, we’re pleased to see such issues explicitly recognised in the review following our repeated raising of these concerns.”

She added: “We’re also optimistic that the results of the Government’s call for evidence will help to expedite safety and accountability for short-term letting properties. In addition, without registration as a minimum almost all short-term letting properties will be operating as single site businesses, benefiting unfairly from a reduced tax burden while the wider hospitality sector, still struggling to recover from the pandemic, continues to be over-burdened by taxes.

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