Housing: Conditions in Rented Sector - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:25 am on 16 March 2023.

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Photo of The Bishop of Exeter The Bishop of Exeter Bishop 11:25, 16 March 2023

My Lords, there is an important rural dimension to this issue. In north Devon, the vast majority of privately rented property has been turned into Airbnb, creating a crisis in rural housing. Does the Minister think that the ability of local authorities to levy council tax is sufficiently robust to tackle this problem? If not, what plans do His Majesty’s Government have to legislate to address this problem, which is escalating every day?