Consultation on short term lets

News story posted: 01/05/2019

Finger on doorbellScottish Government are seeking views on their consultation on short term lets and have arranged a series of free events where you can discuss the issue in more detail.


The events will take place on the following dates:


  • 2 July – Inverness – 17:30-19:30
  • 3 July – Skye 10:00-12:00
  • 8 July – Arran 14:30-16:30
  • 9 July – Glasgow 14:00-16:00
  • 15 July – Edinburgh 14:00-16:00


To book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/scottish-government-21605263546


Short-term lets have become the subject of much controversy in some parts of Scotland and evoke strong opinions. The 2018-19 Programme for Government made a commitment to ensure that local authorities have appropriate regulatory powers to balance the needs and concerns of their communities with wider economic and tourism interests. This consultation asks for views on what those powers should be.


A Short-Term Lets Delivery Group was established in 2018 to assess the evidence base and the impact, positive and negative, of short-term lets, identify the existing powers councils have and explore whether further measures are required. The Group comprises officials from across relevant areas of government including: better regulation, community empowerment, economy, housing, licensing, planning, tax and tourism. This consultation paper draws together this wide range of policy interests in short-term lets.


The introduction to the consultation paper provides a summary of the available evidence, with much fuller details about the current position in Scotland and elsewhere in the world set out in a separate supporting document. There has clearly been a significant growth in short-term lets in a small timescale, and while there are significant amounts of data available about the position in Edinburgh, there is much more limited information on the position elsewhere in Scotland.


The consultation closes on 19th July 2019.


Read the consultation paper: https://www.gov.scot/publications/short-term-lets-consultation-regulatory-framework-scotland/


For more information, including where to respond, visit: https://consult.gov.scot/housing-services-policy-unit/short-term-lets/

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