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Airbnb harming homeownership in rural areas

The Guardian has revealed new analysis that shows some parts the country have one Airbnb listing for every four properties in what campaigners argue is “fuelling the UK’s housing crisis”

Opponents argue rapid expansion in short-term lets is “out of control” and depriving communities of much-needed homes. Commenting on the findings, Dan Craw, director of affordable housing campaign group Generation Rent said: “In rural areas and cities alike, the story is the same: young adults can’t afford to settle down in the areas they grew up in.”

The area with the highest concentration of Airbnbs in England is Woolacombe, Georgeham and Croyde in North Devon, with 23 listings in every 100 homes.

In one area of the Lake District, Windermere North, Ambleside and Langdales, there were 19 listings per 100 properties. Local MP Tim Farron described the growth of Airbnb in an area already dominated by second home owners as “a really disturbing issue”.

Full articles:

The Guardian - Revealed: the areas in the UK with one Airbnb for every four homes

Money Expert - Quarter of Homes are Airbnbs in Certain UK Areas

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