Latest Holyrood Short-Term Let Consultation

POSTED ON October 27, 2021

A Scottish Parliamentary Committee consultation on short-term lets closes soon. The STL industry is encouraging its stakeholders to comment, we’re keen that local residents also have their say.

The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee is conducting an online survey on the proposed licensing system for short-term lets.

The closing date for submissions to this short survey is 29 October 2021.  Please hurry if you wish to make your views known to the Scottish Parliament as they scrutinise the Government’s proposed regulatory system.  The survey can be found here.

The Cockburn is aware that several Short-term let companies including Airbnb and Sykes Holidays Cottages have been lobbying their stakeholders to submit responses arguing against further regulation.  Scottish Government Ministers have already shown their susceptibility to lobbying from the short-term let industry, with the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, Shona Robison, agreeing to remove overprovision powers from the proposed new licensing system.

Dealing with overprovision is one of the most important things for the new regulatory system to address, with Edinburgh suffering from some of the highest densities of short-term lets in the world.  The Scottish Government’s own figures suggest that as many as 1 in 6 former residential homes in the city centre wards are now let as short-term accommodation.

You can read our full comments to the Committee on our Consultation Responses archive page here and we would encourage anyone reading this to submit your response as soon as possible too!

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