Edinburgh council crack down on holiday lock boxes after removing wall-drilled safes

Council chiefs must crack down on key safes placed illegally in Edinburgh following a multitude of complaints from residents of one of the city’s most historic areas.

Residents of the capital’s picturesque Dean Village were infuriated when safes, often used to store keys to apartments rented on platforms such as AirBnB, were punched into a wall surrounding a children’s playground .

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The safes, which simply listed “Flat A” and “Flat B” as addresses, were considered recent installations due to a light coating of dust on the sidewalk below – although it is not known when they were installed. were installed for the first time.

Guests can collect keys for short term rentals from boxes without interacting with the owner renting the property online.

A neighbor lambasted “cheeky” vacation rental owners for “irresponsibly damaging public property” after posting photos of the safes online.

The lockers have now been removed and replaced with a council notice asking their owners to contact the local authority to get them back.

At the time of writing, the keys have still not been claimed, but heads of local authorities have warned other key box holders that they will not hesitate to seize possession of the safes. ‘they were discovered illegally.



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A spokesperson for Edinburgh City Council said: ‘It is common practice to remove items that have been attached to public property such as walls or railings without prior permission.

“We will ask that the items be removed and if that is not done, we will detach them. “

AirBnB currently lists over 20 rooms, apartments and entire houses for short-term rent in the village, with prices per night ranging from £ 75.

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