New legislation on short-term rentals will allow council to control number of Airbnbs in Edinburgh, chief says

New legislation on short-term rentals will allow the board to control the number of Airbnbs in Edinburgh, the leader said. Pic Lisa Ferguson

The Scottish government announced plans for a new licensing system and zones of control earlier this year after persistent lobbying from the council and others in the capital.

In response to a formal consultation, the council broadly welcomed the proposals while seeking clarification of the details.

The licensing regime will be managed by local authorities and certain conditions, such as safety standards, will be mandatory, but councils will also have the power to introduce licensing conditions from a specified list of options. to resolve local issues.

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And municipalities will have the power to introduce short-term rental control zones, covering all or part of their area, where a change of use to full rental would require a planning permission.

The licensing system would not allow controlling the number of short-term rental properties by imposing a cap or limit, but short-term rental control areas could be used to manage a high concentration of such properties.

Cllr McVey said a bill is due to be considered by the Scottish Parliament next month with new laws passed next spring. “All of this progress has been in direct response to our hard work to secure the powers that we know we need to provide in our communities.

“We are delighted that with new short-term rental control areas we will be able to control the number of short-term rentals in the city, as properties leased in these areas would automatically require a ‘change of building permit’. use “. in place.

“It’s also good news that when people apply for a license, we can ask for proof that they have that license. This is something that we are very keen to do. “

The council will then identify one or more areas of the city to be designated as a short-term rental control area and consider additional conditions to be introduced for the licenses. The Scottish government wants all local authorities to have an open live licensing program to receive applications by April 1, 2022.

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