Glasgow City Council calls for court ban to enforce ‘Airbnb’ apartment ban

A TIP is researching what is believed to be one of the first court bans in Scotland to enforce an existing ban on a short-term ‘airbnb’ rental that has continued to advertise bookings.

Ahmed Boutoubane was subjected to enforcement action last year over a four-bedroom property on Victoria Road in south Glasgow following complaints from neighbors which focused on frequent rentals, noise and anti-social behavior and poor management of reservations.

The property continues to be advertised as a ‘luxury Moroccan guesthouse’ on sites such as Booking.com and is listed on the Scottish Owners Register as Jamal Boutoubane.

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It is understood that the name of the property is advertised under changes intermittently.

There are currently no restrictions on the use of short-term rentals in the ongoing pandemic, but a council source expressed surprise at the number of foreign visitors reported by neighboring residents.

Council planners are said to be confident they have enough evidence to persuade a sheriff that a court ban is needed to prevent the property from being used for vacation rentals.

A spokesperson for business standards said she is also looking into whether the owner violated advertising guidelines.

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A Glasgow City Council spokesperson said: “The council is considering legal action in light of the failure to comply with the enforcement notice.”

The options open to the board if the owners do not obey the enforcement include a ban or the referral of the case to the tax attorney.

The Herald spoke with Ahmed Boutoubane yesterday and he declined to answer any questions about the property, including the council’s current notice of execution, and claimed he was not the owner of the property .

An enforcement measure can be issued to anyone who has a significant interest in a property.

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Landlords who don’t get a license for Airbnb-style short-term rentals face a fine of up to £ 50,000 under new rules to be put in place in April.

The Scottish Government will present plans to require all landlords operating properties as short-term rentals to obtain a license from local authorities – but authorities have banned setting a 90-day cap for when properties can operate in as such and some may be able to operate without a license until March 2024.

In Edinburgh, evidence suggests that the explosion in short-term rentals is contributing to a housing crisis – the decline in available rentals coinciding with the rise in Airbnb listings.

Residents and activists had pleaded for short-term rentals to remain closed with the virus still a public health threat, but Mr Stewart warned there was “no reason to delay reopening of independent accommodation with common facilities “.

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