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Housing needs must remain paramount

The South West is not just a popular place to live – but also to holiday in.  Tourism is clearly a massive part of our local economy and it is crucial that the industry is supported, however, the lack of affordable housing (because it’s been turned into more lucrative unregulated Air B&B rentals) means that not only can local families not find housing, neither can key workers we need like doctors and nurses. So, we need to ensure a responsible approach. If you have a second property not to live in but as a business for holiday letting then that needs to be properly regulated and fair. At the moment Air B&B owners do not have to comply with the same costly rules as other holiday accommodation providers.

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