Hotel worker Jon Phillips has given up trying to rent a home near his job in Cornwall and is now living on his boat.
“My landlord said: ‘Look Jon, you’re paying me £800 a month for this one bedroom apartment, and I’ve just found out that I can be charging people on holiday £1,200 a week.'”
He is one of many hospitality workers in British tourist hotspots who are finding accommodation scarce.
This is as landlords want to cash in on the UK holiday boom.
Jon is the front of house manager for Red Hotels, which includes the Scarlet Hotel and the Bedruthan Hotel in Mawgan Porth, along the coast from Newquay.
He moved to Cornwall to take up his job in October 2020, and, after staying in staff accommodation, in January began renting a one-bedroom flat in Newquay for £800 a month.
But at the start of April he had a letter from the agents to tell him his landlord had decided to end the tenancy.
Jon started looking for alternative places to live but says there was nowhere to rent in the Newquay…