Short Lets Control Area – is it a way to control …

A consultation is due to begin next month regarding the designation of an entire town as a short-term rental control area.

If Edinburgh Council finally gives the green light – and if the concept is approved by the Scottish Government – the new powers would mean that all residential properties, which are not the owner’s main house, would require a change in use for become an Airbnb or similar property.

About a third of current short-term rentals in Scotland are in Edinburgh.

At present, in addition to planning requests made for STLs, to determine whether or not a building permit is required for properties where this is in dispute, the Edinburgh Council Enforcement Team is reviewing each case. individually, which is a very long and tedious process.

The introduction of the power to create a control zone follows advice calling for new legislation to strengthen control over STLs to help manage high concentrations of secondary rentals where it affects the availability of residential housing or the character of housing. ‘a district.

The council says it will also help restrict or prevent STLs in places or types of buildings where they are not appropriate, as well as ensure homes are used to the best of their ability in their areas.

If a house has been converted into a secondary rental and continuously operated as an STL for more than 10 years before an STL control area is designated and no enforcement action has been taken during that period, the building permit is not required.

In addition, generally renting one or more rooms in your home or renting out your property while on vacation would also be allowed if Edinburgh became an STL control area.

The Scottish government is currently consulting on legislation to introduce a new licensing regime next year, which Edinburgh Council has also called for, to address issues of safety, anti-social behavior and noise.

The council insists that these issues have all had a detrimental effect on communities, as the number of STL has dramatically increased across the city in recent years.

The proposal is that all Scottish councils will have to adopt an STL licensing system by October 2022.

Regarding the new licensing regime proposed by the Scottish Government, if Edinburgh becomes a control area, any license application will be required to have made a town planning application or already have a building permit when providing a housing that requires it.


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