The Welsh Government is to bring in its promised local tax rules for holiday lets to address the problem of unaffordable housing.
Self-catering accommodation in hotspots such as Tenby (pictured) currently pays rates rather than council tax when available to let for at least 140 days, and '�actually' let for at least 70 days.
From next April, these thresholds will increase to being available to let for at least 252 days and '�actually' let for at least 182 days in any 12-month period, to prove that they are being let regularly and making a substantial contribution to the local economy.
The government has also announced that the maximum level at which local authorities can set council tax premiums on second homes and long-term empty properties will be increased to 300%, also effective from April next year.
Sian Gwenllian, the designed Member of the Senedd on the policy who represents Plaid Cymru (pictured) says these changes will make a difference, enabling councils to respond to their local circumstances, and will start to close the loophole in the current law.
'It's a first, but important, step on a journey towards a new housing system that ensures that people have the right to live in their community,'� she adds.
Gwenllian says that it is committed to introducing a package of measures to tackle the injustices in the housing market. 'Second homes are a symptom of a wider problem - a market that treats property, not as a home, but as a way of making a profit.
By working across the parties in the Senedd, we will introduce more measures, as soon as we can, to make house prices and rents genuinely affordable for people.'�