Harvie presses Sturgeon to give local councils powers to control short-term lets

Thu 18 Jan, 2018

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, used today's First Minister's Questions to press Nicola Sturgeon to give local councils powers to control the rapid growth of short-term lets which is adding to pressures on Scotland's housing stock.

Recent research for Andy Wightman's Homes First campaign showed that many landlords are operating lucrative short term letting businesses in Edinburgh alone, including one host with 80 listings.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Homes First report reveals 1 short-term let host has 80 properties for let in Edinburgh

Fri 29 Dec, 2017

More than 30 landlords are operating lucrative short term letting businesses in Scotland’s capital, a new report reveals, adding to the pressure on Edinburgh’s housing stock. 

The report by a University of Sheffield academic, in partnership with Green MSP Andy Wightman, shows how, as of September 2017, one host on a leading short term letting site had 80 listings in Edinburgh, 28 hosts had ten or more listings and seven hosts had more than 20.

The Impact of Short Term Lets on the Property Market

cmc17132 Fri 22 Dec, 2017

In this blog, David Marshall, Operations Director at Warners LLP, draws on his business experience to discuss the impact that short term lets have on the property market.

New academic paper: Short term lets and title conditions

Andy Wightman MSP Wed 13 Dec, 2017

Short term lets are quickly gaining the attention of academics who are curious about the worldwide impacts of this form of letting. Some researchers, for example, have considered aspects of delivering new innovations to tourist accommodation, while others have examined the role of planning and policymaking.

Until now there has been a lack of research on short term lets relating to Scots law .

A dysfunctional housing market gives landlords undue power

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 17 Nov, 2017

Moving back to Glasgow from university, some twenty-odd years ago, I was in the same position as most people of my age in knowing that the private rented sector was my only option. With social housing unavailable and owner occupation unaffordable, a private tenancy was already the only housing choice available to a great many people. There was some pretty shoddy housing out there, and some pretty sharp practice too, as I found to my cost when I was harassed out of one flat by a landlord who refused even to give me a written lease.

Homes First - Parliamentary Debate

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 10 Nov, 2017

Andy Wightman MSP launched the Homes First campaign this week by leading a debate in The Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 7 November with the following motion (S5M-08370):

Wightman leads Holyrood debate on "Homes First" campaign, warning "a modern day clearance is underway"

Wed 8 Nov, 2017

Andy Wightman MSP, Housing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, tonight (5pm, 8 Nov) will lead a Holyrood debate on his "Homes First" campaign, warning that "a modern day clearance is underway" as communities are "torn asunder" by the rapid and unregulated growth of short-term lets.

Wightman launches Homes First campaign to control unregulated growth of short-term lets

Tue 7 Nov, 2017

Andy Wightman MSP, Housing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (7 Nov) launched his "Homes First" campaign to control the rapid and unregulated growth of short-term lets, where owners of residential properties offer them as holiday accommodation.