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Started by bossab2 on May 3, 2021 12:23:32 PM
Should 2nd Homes Be Banned ?
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bossab2 - 03 May 2021 12:24:59 (#1 of 237)

Somebody I know lives in Cumbria and was doing census chase ups.

He said that he was surprised how many empty houses there were up there as well.

Shadrack22 - 03 May 2021 12:25:28 (#2 of 237)

Or at least taxed heavily.

Make your mind up!

solomongursky - 03 May 2021 12:25:36 (#3 of 237)

I thought that article was a bit thin on details, the boat vandalism seems to be an unverified claim on social media.

ReverendBlueJeans - 03 May 2021 12:26:32 (#4 of 237)

Awfy difficult to distinguish between holiday homes and second homes. Rent your spare hoose just for one week in the summer and you can claim it's a holiday cottage, not a second home.

nemo75 - 03 May 2021 12:30:03 (#5 of 237)

Does that make any practical difference for locals priced out of the property market?

tasselhoff - 03 May 2021 12:30:27 (#6 of 237)

Nope

TRaney - 03 May 2021 12:30:42 (#7 of 237)

Are you worried about your but'n'ben ReverendBlueJeans?

tasselhoff - 03 May 2021 12:32:19 (#8 of 237)

Isn't that a tad personal?

guigal - 03 May 2021 12:34:12 (#9 of 237)

Build more social housing for locals would seem to be the solution.

nemo75 - 03 May 2021 12:34:27 (#10 of 237)

No shit?

Pinkgum - 03 May 2021 13:29:40 (#11 of 237)

Multiple property ownership on a personal basis should be discouraged via taxation.

Want to rent out or do holiday lets for more than 12 months? Register as a business, pay tax etc.

I don't think you can ban BTL outright but making sure those that do it, do it properly might be a start.

bailliegillies - 03 May 2021 13:34:00 (#12 of 237)

I would say that it depends but mostly yes I'd want them to pay higher council tax. Another idea would be to restrict the purchase of certain homes for local population, I believe they do something along those lines in the Channel Islands.

Having said that there are a number of small hamlets along the west coast that lay abandoned for decades and have been brought back into use by second home owners.

Shadrack22 - 03 May 2021 13:34:51 (#13 of 237)

How are house prices in Auchenshoogle these days?

bailliegillies - 03 May 2021 13:36:29 (#14 of 237)

Going mad as demand has rocketed. Haven't seen property tourists for a number of years but expecting them this year.

Tadagee - 03 May 2021 13:36:42 (#15 of 237)

6 points*

10 points taxed at 40%.

bossab2 - 03 May 2021 13:42:00 (#16 of 237)

I know of a couple who have a 6 bed house in the home counties.

And another 2 bed house down in Cornwall.

Which has been mostly unused over the last 12 months.

I would tax the fuckers heavily on the 2nd home.

local homes for local people

Jacob_Richter - 03 May 2021 13:45:42 (#17 of 237)

Which has been mostly unused over the last 12 months.

In fairness, the pandemic rules haven't allowed them to.

Generally, of course, I would say 'down with this sort of thing'.

dreams99 - 03 May 2021 13:48:19 (#18 of 237)

Do they usually rent the house out? If so, it adds to the tourist bed capacity in the area, which is good for Cornwall, and will particularly be so in the near future when foreign travel will be restricted and places like Cornwall will be overrun.

nemo75 - 03 May 2021 13:51:30 (#19 of 237)

Yeah. Nobody needs to actually live there.

dreams99 - 03 May 2021 13:54:23 (#20 of 237)

They're not stopping people from living there. And the people who live there need jobs. Tourism is the main driver of employment in the county. A lack of tourist beds is a restriction on tourism.

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