MSPs review licensing plans for property use as allowed by Airbnb

Landlords reportedly asked before they were allowed to rent properties

Author: Rob WallerPosted 1 day ago
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MSPs will consider forcing owners of Airbnb and short-term rented properties in Scotland to require a license before they can rent them.

The proposed licensing scheme being reviewed by a Holyrood committee would impose regulations in an attempt to combat the growth of Airbnb-style rentals in popular tourist areas such as Edinburgh and parts of the Highlands.

As part of the Scottish Government’s plans, councils will have until October 2022 to set up a licensing system, with all short-term housing licensed by April 2024.

READ MORE: How Edinburgh plans to quell Airbnb boom

Plans driven by the elections in Holyrood

Existing hosts and operators are expected to apply for a license by April 2023 under the proposed legislation.

Ministers had initially hoped to introduce the new law before Holyrood’s election in May, but pushed back the plans following backlash from some PSMs.

The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee will now consider the proposed legislation and ask the public for their views on the matter.

Committee Chair Ariane Burgess said: “The rise in popularity of short-term rentals has undoubtedly brought economic benefits to Scotland.

Finding the right balance

“However, what is becoming increasingly clear is that these benefits must be balanced with the need to protect our communities and the safety of those staying in short-term rentals.

“The Scottish Government has suggested that this proposed licensing scheme strike that balance, but we want to know if you think these measures are correct.

“Will the introduction of a licensing system ensure that the character of our neighborhoods is protected as well as those who stay in short-term rentals? We want you to let us know. ”

A investigation, which will run until Friday, October 29, has been launched for people to submit their views.

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