South Lakeland District Council has asked the government for more powers to curb the number of second homes in the Lake District.
In the Lake District National Park, 1 in 5 properties isn't lived in al the time. It's even higher in Coniston, where it's 35%.
It means some families struggle to get on the housing ladder.
Lian Dixon lives in Coniston and would have had to move out to Ulverston if an affordable housing scheme hadn't become available.
Lian has two young children.
But tourism businesses and estate agents warn restricting sales of properties isn't the answer and argue it will harm the local economy and won't solve the housing crisis.