Cornwall residents, suffocated by other homes, struggle to find housing

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Since the health crisis, more and more workers no longer hesitate to work away from their vacation spot. A phenomenon that drives up real estate prices in seaside resorts, sometimes paralyzing residents. Report in Cornwall, Britain.

The city of Newquay in the United Kingdom takes on the form of a ghost town after the end of summer. During the beautiful season, it is mainly occupied by vacationers who have a second home. Today, locals like single mother, Harriet Duffy, are struggling to find housing. She has been staying in a hotel for several weeks, as the apartment she rented has been converted into a vacation home. ,We were kicked out of our house so that people could come here on leave. this is unfair“She does justice.

The expelled, who are rarely relocated due to space constraints, mostly turn to unions. ,With all these new tourists since Covid, many homes have turned into Airbnb. Previously, the rent was around 900 euros per month, but for some of the apartments available now, it goes up to 3,500 euros per week.Monique Collins, director of the DISC Association, says. In Fowey (United Kingdom), the middle class is always losing hope of owning a home.I would love to adopt it. But like most downtown merchants here I can’t afford itTom French, a salesman at the bakery, says. The town hall, however, has reacted by prohibiting the purchase of holiday homes. However, the measure pertains only to new homes.

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