Council welcomes Scottish Government consultation on short term lets

Our Housing and Economy Convener Cllr Kate Campbell welcomes the Scottish Government announcement to consult on the regulation of the short term let industry.

Last year, the Council created a working group to look at the issues short term lets are creating in Edinburgh and the Council has been working with the Scottish Government to set out its preference for a licensing regime.

Cllr Campbell said: “The First Minister’s announcement of a detailed consultation on short-term lets is incredibly welcome. We’ve been working on this for some time and since our report last August setting out the challenges for Edinburgh, we’ve been working to take forward the solutions that we think we need. We all recognise that we need additional tools to help us deal with this issue properly so we’ve engaged with the Scottish Government, particularly around the need for a licensing regime and I’m delighted this forms part of the Government’s proposals.

“One of the biggest concerns for us is the impact on housing supply and affordability and it’s good to see this explicitly referenced in the consultation as well. This shows that the work we’ve been doing with the Scottish Government has been the right approach to getting the outcomes that residents in the city need.

“We now need to make sure that lots of people in Edinburgh take part and help shape the policy and legislation that come out of the consultation, so that we get the right powers allowing us to properly control short-term lets in the city.”

Further information

Licensing would mean the same rules and regulations would apply to short-term lets that currently apply to other types of visitor accommodation, making it safer residents as well as for people visiting our city.

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