Go short-term in the summer
David Bond’s column in Tuesday’s Courier surely contains within itself the solution to two of the problems.
Bond mentions that each year more than 12,000 students need accommodation for nine months.
He also mentions that many owners need the income from short-term rentals to pay their mortgages.
Let’s try some synergy, folks. If people who rent to students from September to May were permitted short-term vacation rentals in June, July and August (and only then), surely more people would want to and could afford to offer student accommodation.
In many cities around the world, even purpose-built university dorms do this to improve their economic viability.