Report reveals short term lets problem in Capital

A report detailing the scale of the problem with “short-term lets” in Scotland’s capital has been published by a Green MSP.

The publication by Andy Wightman MSP, the Scottish Greens’ housing spokesperson, shows there are more than 6200 properties available in Edinburgh for short term letting and that more than half of these are entire homes where the owner is not present.

A number of key issues with short term lets are also spelled out, including anti-social behaviour, loss of community, displacing available housing, the avoidance of non-domestic business rates and property security.

Lothian MSP, Andy Wightman MSP said:

“I am calling for new powers to enable councils to plan and regulate the use of residential property for short term lets. Many constituents have contacted me in recent months to raise their concerns about the widespread growth of this sector in their communities. It is clear that we need to find a simple solution and one such way is through the introduction of new Use Class Orders in the planning system.

“To stimulate debate and greater awareness of the problem, I am delighted to be publishing the first in a series of briefing papers on the topic.”