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Research from April 2022 showed Cornwall had more than 12,000 second homes at the end of the month, while 20,000 people were on the housing register, according to the ITV program Priced Out: The Truth About Holiday Homes. But second homes are not the only problem in the area: the number of vacation rentals is increasing and residents are being forced out of their rental properties by their landlords to make way for them.

ITV presenter Helen Skelton was in Cornwall earlier this year to film Priced Out: The Truth About Holiday Homes.

For the show, she spoke to a number of people affected by the housing crisis ravaging the area.

Samantha Evans works in the tourism industry in Falmouth, a bustling port town on the east coast of Cornwall.

She recently received a Section 21 eviction notice from her landlord, meaning she, along with her partner, 17-year-old stepson and cat, had just two months to leave their rented accommodation.

Samantha said: “Very quickly it became clear that two months was not long enough to secure anywhere.”

Moreover, during the months that Samantha had been renting, house prices had “actually exceeded our ability to pay.”

In 2010, a three-bedroom property in Falmouth cost an average of £800 per month to rent.

Today, prices are up more than triple that amount. A three-bed house can cost up to £3,000 a month.


Samantha went on to say that what “shocked” her the most were the rules that came with rental properties.

When the Cornwall native was looking for a place to live, many landlords wouldn’t allow children or pets.

Recalling when her landlord told her about his possible eviction, Samantha said, in tears: “I remember this feeling, I’m going to be homeless.

Subsequently, Samnatha and her family were unable to find a house to rent and, at the time of writing, they are living with the sister of Samnatha’s partner.

Three adults, four children, a cat, a dog and a parrot live under the same roof.

“Without her [her partner’s sister]we would be on the street,” Samantha said.

Meanwhile Phyllis, 78, who has lived in St Ives – located on Cornwall’s north west coast – since 1950, added that “the housing situation in Cornwall is dire”.

“It’s a crisis because there’s no permanent rental,” she said.

“All landlords want to do is rent in the summer because they make more money – there’s no way to rent. You either buy or go somewhere else.

Phyllis continued: “If you have a second home and you spend a lot of time there, we have no problem with that.

“The fundamental problem is that if you don’t have anyone living here, you don’t have children, you end up losing your school.

“We lost our banks because no one lives here to do banking. You can’t have a dentist and there are no doctors in the office because you don’t have anyone here to sign you up.

In recent months, residents have targeted second homes with giant graffiti in protest.

On a second home in St Ives, huge letters read: ‘Secondary owners are giving something back: let or sell empty homes to locals for a fair price.’

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