Margate adviser calls for Airbnb crackdown after residents struggle to rent homes
A local Margate advisor said Airbnbs’ rapid growth has left locals struggling to find rental accommodation and hurts the city’s character.
Councilor Rob Yates wants a crackdown and believes places like Margate risk turning into ghost towns in the winter, when the holidays lie empty.
Councilor Yates is asking for powers over the number of homes that can be turned into Airbnbs and is asking the company to limit property rentals to 90 nights per year for the area.
Similar measures have been introduced in the past in London.
He said: “We have 100 on tourism, but from my perspective Margate is booming, but Margate cannot continue to thrive if AirBnB continues to thrive. They are not compatible.
“I have companies telling me that I have lost staff and will continue to lose staff as these rental prices continue to rise. There is a serial issue here.”
As Margate gains popularity with vacationers, there has been an increase in the number of people purchasing properties for vacation rentals, with claims leaving some locals struggling to find a place to rent.
Dan Thompson, artist and author, worries he will have to leave the property and move out of the area if he cannot find affordable accommodation to rent.
He said: “If you were looking for a place to rent in Margate, or any other seaside town, you would find that there is very little of it on the market. When an apartment hits the market, there is a melee. to get a visit.
“Places like margate depend on artists, on small businesses and if the people who run them are left out of the market, we’re going to have a problem with tourism.”
However, rental companies said the city depended on tourism, which saw the region start to flourish.
Alistair Baldwin, Holiday Lets in Kent said: “Margate is back on the map, but why would we want to cripple our economy? This is what pays wages, gives jobs. reply.
“These properties are second home owners, so if we limit ourselves to 90 days, they will remain empty during the winter and that is not a solution for the local economy. These are job losses, these are layoffs and you’ve got so many people blamed on tourism here. “
Airbnb said: “We take housing issues seriously and have called for a nationwide registration system to better understand the impact of short-term rental activities on local areas, and an update of planning guidelines to empower local authorities. ”
The debate will be discussed by the council on Thursday (10/14) evening.