Eight Edinburgh holiday homes in New Town closed for good after losing council appeal

The owners of eight vacation rentals in Edinburgh New Town lost their appeal with the immediate closure of rentals by City Council.

The Queen Street properties were run as short-term vacation rentals, but were closed after a building permit violation.

This decision was appealed by the owners but was overturned yesterday because the “residential accommodation” was being used as “short-term commercial accommodation for visitors” without proper authorization.

The rental agent filed an appeal on June 29 this year, but yesterday it was rejected by Edinburgh council and the original notice of execution dated May 20, 2021 must now be enforced.

The board considered eight appeals for the eight properties belonging to a single group of owners and the decision to dismiss the appeal has been made.

The current Queen Street apartments are residential and if the owner wanted to run them as short term vacation rentals he would have to seek permission from council.

The appellant’s information showed that as of April 2021, the apartment has an occupancy rate of 68% over a period of 120 days, following 29 bookings.

The average length of stay in 2021 at the facility was less than three nights, which, along with the nature of visitors coming and going several times a day, would further disrupt the region.

Other factors taken into consideration were that a short term rental would increase the amount of traffic in an already congested area with high guest and guest turnover.

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The matter has now been closed and the notice has been upheld and many locals have been delighted with the decision.

@KarinaFaccenda said: “7 in the same building. Basically running a hotel but avoiding all legal and personnel obligations.

@ MGraham4Western exclaimed, “This is hopefully the start of the downsizing of Airbnbs in the downtown area in particular.”

While @ParrisRuhy added, “Great news! I hope others will follow.

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