Council plans crackdown on short term lettings sector
Many residential blocks are plagued by transitory visitors
Councillors in Edinburgh are keen to progress plans to tackle short-term lettings in response to rising complaints of anti-social behaviour and disruption to local communities.
The council has spent months considering how to deal with the issue and wants to create a “control area” where property owners must acquire planning permission to run a short-term let.
There has been a significant rise in such lets in Edinburgh – particularly through the Airbnb platform – in the last five years with many properties being used not only for tourists and commercial visitors, but also for stag and hen parties which often leads to long and noisy partying.
Some landlords have created business ventures around such events, promoting their properties through short term letting agencies.
Campaigners calling for greater control on short term lets say they have also had a serious impact on housing availability for local people looking to rent a home.
The problem is nationwide but more than a third of Scotland’s short-term let properties are believed to be in the capital, according to City of Edinburgh Council, because of its status as a tourist and party town.