Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin


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The Scottish Government have today launched a consultation that will gather final views on proposed new legislation for the regulation of short-term lets. The proposals include a mandatory licensing scheme to ensure that all short-term lets are safe, while also addressing issues faced by neighbours of short-term lets.

The regulations, if passed by Parliament, would come into force by April 2021. These would also give councils powers to manage pressures created by the use of whole properties as short-term lets.

As the MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, Sandra White has been calling for greater regulation of this industry for some time and commented on today’s launch:

“Glasgow Kelvin has had a substantial short-term let market for many years now. From Merchant City and across to Partick, this constituency provides short-term accommodation for whole host of individuals.

“Whether this be residential renters, students, or visitors to our city, Glasgow has always offered a warm welcome. Unfortunately though in recent times there has been an influx of problem properties, which have had significant impacts on the other residential properties in the building.

“I therefore welcome this consultation and would encourage all residents and responsible landlords in Glasgow Kelvin to take the time to provide their thoughts and ideas of how to ensure the short-term let market is fit for purpose in 21st century Scotland.”

Today’s consultation was launched by Housing Minister Kevin Stewart. Speaking after the launch Mr Stewart said:

“Short-term lets can offer people a flexible and affordable accommodation option, and they have contributed positively to Scotland’s tourism industry and local economies across the country.

“However, we know that in certain areas, particularly tourist hot spots, high numbers of these arrangements can cause problems for neighbours and make it harder for people to find homes to live in.

“The views and evidence from our previous consultation and research showed broad consensus for some form of regulation. Our proposals will allow local authorities and communities facing the most severe pressures to take action to manage those more effectively from next year.

“I believe our proposals for a licensing scheme and short-term let control areas are evidence-based and right for Scottish circumstances.

“We will be engaging with stakeholders on our detailed proposals over the next four weeks. I am confident that our proposals will allow local authorities to ensure a safe, quality experience for visitors, whilst protecting the interests of local communities.”

Read the consultation paper on the Scottish Government website below: