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Short-term renting and second homes blighting rural areas

The Guardian has reported that city dwellers seeking an escape to the country or a second home in rural areas are ‘warping’ regional economies

Since the end of lockdown house sales have risen dramatically in areas such as Wales, and are continuing to rise at a much faster rate than the rest of the UK.

This is coupled with the continued rise of short-term holiday let platforms such as Airbnb, which has pushed rental prices up across the UK, while at the same time taking houses out of the housing stock for local people.

The result is that rural communities are being ‘hollowed out’ by second homes and rental houses.

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The Guardian - A coronavirus exodus from cities is pricing locals out in rural Wales. We need protection

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