There are lots of properties caught in this position (particfularly in Norfolk) that do not sell and are not being used to their full potential. To have the holiday home restriction lifted to be able to use them as a residential property which at present cannot easily be policed by the local council who would need to evict people currently breaking this restriction and if enforced by the local council would possibly render them homeless. It would also be an advantage to local areas in easing property shortages and assisting local councils in acheiving their property development targets.
To remove the holiday home restriction so as to allow owners to live in them the whole year round and offer them for long term rent. A lot of these properties are built or converted to Building Regulations the same as full residential properties and have good insulation and heating allowing all year round occupation. This would also ease the shortage of propery in the first time buy segment and make it easier for the prospective purchasers to get morgages on these properties which are currently difficult to get.