UKHospitality has long been pushing for a Government review, and has informed the call for evidence via round tables and discussions with officials. It will respond to the call for evidence in consultation with its Accommodation Group and other affected areas of its membership.
“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,” says chief executive Kate Nicholls.
“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.”
Nicholl says she is “optimistic” that the results of the Government’s call for evidence will help to expedite safety and accountability for short-term letting properties.
“Action on short-term lets can help to revive communities across the UK, feeding into levelling up objectives,” she adds.
“Many hospitality businesses continue to report challenges in finding accommodation for workers, particularly in rural areas. Government action in this area can help to rebalance short and long-term rentals in our fragile communities, while at the same time help build a more sustainable tourism industry.”
The call for evidence closes on 21 September.