Wed 8 Jan, 2020

Responding to a Scottish Government statement on short term lets this afternoon, Scottish Greens Local Government Spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP said:

“I am pleased that the Minister has finally acted on my long term campaign and informed parliament of his plans to regulate short term lets. Those communities who have been adversely impacted by short term lets will be pleased that the government has now committed to introducing a much-needed, long overdue licensing scheme by 2021.

"It’s clear that no licenses should be issued unless proper planning consent is in place, and I am disappointed that the Scottish Government don’t seem to share that view.”

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