Dubai-based therapist banned from renting her £ 500,000 Edinburgh apartment on Airbnb

Dubai-based therapist banned from renting her £ 500,000 Edinburgh apartment on Airbnb after neighbors complained about loud lockdown party

  • Nassima Gough-Menari used a rental site to list her property on the third floor
  • Council probed after neighbors complained about noise during the lockdown
  • Council ruled that Gough-Menari had violated planning laws










A therapist has been banned from renting her luxury apartment in Edinburgh on Airbnb after angry neighbors complained about the noise of a lockdown party.

Dubai-based Nassima Gough-Menari used a rental site to offer her £ 500,000 third floor property in the west of the city to tourists and visitors.

She said she had banned stag and hen parties and that the apartment was only used by businessmen accessing nearby conference rooms, international tourists and key workers.

But an investigation was launched by Edinburgh City Council after neighbors complained about the noise as the country was under strict lockdown rules.

The council ruled that Gough-Menari had broken planning laws and issued a notice ordering him to stop the operation.

She appealed the decision to the Scottish government, but this has now been dismissed after they were unable to get in touch with her.

But she has now removed the apartment from Airbnb.

Dubai-based Nassima Gough-Menari used a rental site to offer her £ 500,000 third floor property in the west of the city to tourists and visitors

Gough-Menari said: “The whole Airbnb thing has been such a headache for me.

“Despite my appeal, I decided to withdraw the appeal and no longer register on Airbnb, because despite the majority of the guests being great, there have been a number of disruptions which have been unfair to my fellow owners. “

In her appeal letter, she said: “As an honest and law-abiding citizen, I would absolutely have applied for any required building permits and would not categorically engage in any prohibited commercial activity.

“So I am baffled that I was unable to receive any information about the building permit, and the property management company itself was unable to provide me with such a requirement for listing the property with she.

“So I would ask you to please give me some advice on how to apply for a building permit, as several properties in our building are rented on a short term basis.”

An investigation was launched by Edinburgh City Council after neighbors complained about the noise as the country was under strict lockdown rules (Photo: Edinburgh)

An investigation was launched by Edinburgh City Council after neighbors complained about the noise as the country was under strict lockdown rules (Photo: Edinburgh)

Gough-Menari added: “I take full responsibility and feel so upset that our neighbors have been distressed by this.

“The fact that it was not possible to contact me because I live abroad made it worse because the neighbors who lodged the complaint had no way of contacting me.”

In issuing their notice of execution, Edinburgh City Council said: ‘The use allows new people to arrive and stay at the premises for a short period of time on a regular basis throughout the year in a different way than a permanent resident.

“The resulting effect of high turnover and the ability to access common areas of the building disrupts the established residential character of the building.

“The above represents a significant change in use and as a result a violation of schedule control has occurred. “

Government reporter Dianne Wakeling said the documents had not been received, which would allow an appeal to continue.

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