Housing and Planning

Government ‘Scapegoating Holiday Lets for the Housing Crisis’


In the Media

Christopher Snowdon referenced in City AM

Matthew Lesh quoted in The Telegraph

IEA Director of Public Policy and Communications Matthew Lesh has been quoted in the Daily Telegraph criticising the government’s new proposals to allow local governments to require planning permission before owners rent their properties as short-term holiday lets, like AirBnBs.

The article said:

“The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a free market think tank, accused the Government of “scapegoating holiday lets for the housing crisis” and the proposals could harm local tourism economies.”

Read the full article in The Daily Telegraph (20/02/2024, p.8).

Matthew’s comment was also quoted in The Blackpool Gazette, The Newcastle Journal, The Yorkshire Evening Post, and on the front page of Western Morning News.

Read Matthew’s full comment here.