Government must get short term lets regulations right

Responding to reports that the Scottish Government has withdrawn its proposed short term lets regulations, Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie said:

“The Scottish Greens have made the case for the regulation of short term lets for some time and welcome the growing consensus that action needs to be taken to address the out of control growth of Airbnb style holiday rentals. The impact of short term lets affects communities throughout the country, both rural and urban, so it is essential that councils are adequately equipped to control where and how these lets operate in a way that suits local circumstances.

“While there is clearly a need for regulation there was a danger that the Scottish Government’s proposal wouldn’t do the job that it was intended to, so I’m hopeful that the decision to withdraw the legislation and reintroduce it alongside updated guidance in the summer will result in a more robust regulatory framework.”