Letting agent sparks social media storm after ‘second homes’ criticism

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Letting agent sparks social media storm after ‘second homes’ criticism previous nextAgencies & PeopleLetting agent sparks social media storm after ‘second homes’ criticismDeborah Plowright, of CAM Residential Lettings in Hayle, Cornwall blames stamp duty for up to 100 enquiries coming in for each of her properties.Nigel Lewis26th April 20210551 Views A letting agent in Cornwall who blamed second home-owners for a lack of affordable rented property in the county has sparked a social media storm.Deborah Plowright, of CAM Residential Lettings in Hayle, believes the Stamp Duty holiday – making it easier for wealthy buyers to snap up a second home in Cornwall – is at fault.In a Facebook social media post, Deborah explained that for every advertised two-bedroom terrace house in the town, the agency gets about 100 enquiries in just one or two days.“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not criticising the second home buyers,” posted Deborah. “Let’s be honest, most of us would do the same if we had the money.“It’s not their fault and in a lot of ways these cash rich buyers help keep a lot of smaller local businesses afloat. But we desperately need more affordable housing stock for locals. Probably with caveats for resale to ensure the properties stay in local hands and stay affordable.”DeletedPerhaps unsurprisingly, her honest comments on social media weren’t met with universal agreement and the post was deleted on other sites.On the agency’s Facebook page she says: “I shared it to various groups and think the majority of the comments were on a Cornwall trade site but it looks like not only has the post been removed but I have too! Shame as there was a really good debate with lots of strong opinions.”Deborah tells local media that the agency is being swamped with enquiries. “I actually dread advertising a property because it is a tidal wave when we put one out. And it’s heart-breaking – everyone gives you a story about why they need to rent a place, but there isn’t anything.”The pandemic has put Cornwall in high demand, with reports of bidding wars over properties which would normally not get much interest. Recent data found that the average house price is more than eight times the average salary.Deborah Plowright CAM Residential Lettings Hayle Cornwall stamp duty April 26, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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