Tenants don’t have any faith in government

The UK’s renters are not on side with the government – in what is likely to spell bad news for the Conservatives in the upcoming election.

A poll taken by SpareRoom found that 94% of renters don’t have confidence in the government’s approach to housing.

This week Michael Gove unveiled plans to clamp down on short-term lets.

In response, 97% of landlords said they should have the same tax reliefs as those operating Airbnbs and other short-term rentals.

Matt Hutchinson, director of SpareRoom, said: “Clamping down on short-term lets is great, but government has to address why landlords are so keen to offer short-term lets in the first place.

“The current tax system offers landlords of short-term and holiday lets several incentives that residential landlords don’t get, which makes no sense whatsoever when we have a housing crisis, not a hotel room crisis.

“At the very least, government needs to level the playing field and stop making short-term lets more attractive than homes.”