Glasgow Kelvin MSP, Sandra White, has given her backing to an announcement from the First Minister that councils will be handed powers to regulate and control  short term holiday lets.

The move follows concerns that the number of short term accommodation lets in Glasgow Kelvin, offered by platforms such as Airbnb, is restricting the volume of available residential properties available in tourist destinations, such as Glasgow, Edinburgh or more rural destinations like Arran.

Sandra White is encouraging local residents to have their say on the Scottish Government’s plans as part of an online consultation that runs until 19th July 2019.

The proposal is part of a package of new housing initiatives announced at the SNP’s spring conference in Edinburgh this weekend – including a new £150 million scheme to help young people get on the property market with loans of up to £25,000 available to assist with a deposit for a new home.

The consultation can be found here (


Commenting, SNP MSP Sandra White said:

“While short term letting sites, such as Airbnb, have helped contribute to Scotland’s booming tourism industry they are now making it harder for people in city centres, and tourism hotspots like Kelvin, to find permanent homes to live in.

“The SNP Government is looking to proactively tackle this issue by handing councils the power to control the number of lets and ensure they make a contribution to the local services they use.

“I’ve heard from many constituents who are concerned about this issue, and would encourage everyone to ensure their views are heard before the consultation closes on 19th July 2019.”


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