If you own a second or holiday home Wales is coming for you

If you own a second or holiday home Wales is coming for you

16:18 PM, 6th July 2021, About 4 weeks ago 26

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The Welsh Government has announced a new plan they say has ‘fairness at its heart’ to ensure everyone in Wales can have access to good quality, affordable housing.

The three-pronged plan will focus on: – Support – addressing affordability and availability of housing,

– Regulatory framework and system – covering planning law and the introduction of a statutory registration scheme for holiday accommodation

– a fairer contribution – using national and local taxation systems to ensure second homeowners make a fair and effective contribution to the communities in which they buy.

There will also be a pilot area in Wales, to be decided over the summer, where these new measures will be trialled and evaluated before being considered for a wider rollout.

Other supporting actions, including the work on a registration scheme for all holiday accommodation and a consultation on changes to local taxes to manage the impact of second homes and self-catered accommodation, will also begin over the summer..

Last year, Wales became the only country in the UK to give local authorities the power to charge 100% council tax increase on second homes.

Minister for Climate Change, who is responsible for housing, Julie James said: “Meeting with Rachel, Josh from the Community Land Trust, Pembrokeshire Council, and the developers ateb today, has demonstrated how community action and good government policy can work together to bring fairness back into our housing market.

“The continuing rise of house prices mean people, especially younger generations, can no longer afford to live in the communities they have grown up in. A high concentration of second homes or holiday lets can have a very detrimental impact on small communities, and in some areas could compromise the Welsh language being spoken at a community level.

“We have already taken strides on some of these issues – last year we became the only nation in the UK to give local authorities the power to introduce a 100% council tax levy on second homes. But the urgency and gravity of this situation calls for further intervention, which means real and ambitious actions are delivered at pace, to inject fairness back into the housing system.

“Taking recommendations from Dr Brooks’ report, our new three-pronged approach will kick-start a summer of action which will determine how we tackle this issue now and into the future. I am calling on all political parties across the Senedd to get involved in this, as we look to empower our communities to exercise their right to live in good quality homes, wherever they are in Wales.”

Over the summer Welsh Government will work to:

  • Work with stakeholders to agree the basis and location or locations for an evaluated pilot;
  • Develop a coherent and effective support package to trial within the pilot;
  • Frame a statutory registration scheme for all tourist accommodation and continue to engage with stakeholders on the shape of the model we will implement, including both the registration and inspection arrangements;
  • Consult on possible changes to local taxes to support local authorities manage the impact of second homes and self-catered accommodation; and
  • Establish a draft Welsh Language Communities Housing Plan for consultation in the autumn.


Comments

by Luke P

21:10 PM, 6th July 2021, About 4 weeks ago

p0LiTiCs 0f eNvY…

by Carol

9:37 AM, 7th July 2021, About 4 weeks ago

Just the thing to kill the tourism that the Welsh economy depends on.

by Dr Rosalind Beck

9:41 AM, 7th July 2021, About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 06/07/2021 - 21:10
Absolutely, Luke. They are scapegoating one group of people as though that will magically create affordable housing. The Welsh Government is making a complete shower of their other reforms - having open-ended tenancies whereby tenants can leave when they want with a month's notice, but landlords are stuck with tenants for long periods was already a terrible move. Their current 6-month notice periods in the PRS are also ruinous. This attacking of second-home owners is also just the destructive politics of envy, as you say. They're hiding behind one report, as though that provides gravitas to their stupidity.

by Darren Peters

10:05 AM, 7th July 2021, About 4 weeks ago

It's the standard taxation racket.

1) Find a popular problem or perceived problem or concoct a problem where there isn't one.

2) Create a scapegoat group or behaviour responsible for that problem and fuel the 'them and us' mentality.

3) Tax said group or behaviour and make the money disappear into the general and unaccountable tax pot.

4) Pass none or as little as possible towards addressing the problem.

by Grumpy Doug

11:08 AM, 7th July 2021, About 4 weeks ago

"Minister for Climate Change, who is responsible for housing"
Hilarious - you really couldn't make it up could you!!

by LaLo

11:48 AM, 7th July 2021, About 4 weeks ago

I'm a confused man. On top of all this - EPC D is coming in next April then EPC C starts in 2025. Borris announced 'green homes grant' to be extended to March 2022 - the next minute it's scrapped! A government paper estimated the average cost to bring up to 'c' would be £18,000 per property so I'm not surprised the grant has been scrapped!! To make matters worse - section 21 is to be scrapped too! To improve my EPC I've just had an estimate to install just two electric heat retention heaters alone will be £3,800!!!

by LaLo

11:56 AM, 7th July 2021, About 4 weeks ago

PS £18,000 = 'four years' net rent!!

by Luke P

12:53 PM, 7th July 2021, About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by LaLo at 07/07/2021 - 11:48
Is that correct - next April for D-rating? Do you have the legislation link, please?

by Chris @ Possession Friend

13:01 PM, 7th July 2021, About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 07/07/2021 - 12:53
Its 'okay [sic] it will only apply to PRS !
( as NRLA have form for supporting prejudicial regulations Only aimed at PRS - i.e EICR;;s )

by LaLo

13:40 PM, 7th July 2021, About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 07/07/2021 - 12:53
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