Warning to government

Short term letting licences ‘a threat’ to rural businesses

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Rural businesses object to licensing plans

New proposed licensing laws to control the short-term letting sector fail to reflect the needs of rural businesses and could force some to close, it has been claimed.

Scottish Land & Estates, which represents rural businesses and landowners, says there is widespread concern over the “one size fits all” approach proposed by government.

It fears the licensing proposal, designed to ease pressure on residential communities in towns and cities, will impact adversely on rural glamping sites, B&Bs and holiday cottages.

SLE warns that these proposals have been shaped with mainly urban hot spot areas in mind and fails to take into account the important role short-term lets play across rural Scotland. 

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It adds that it could have a devastating impact at a time when people are reeling from the wide-scale impacts of Covid-19 and instead calls for a simple registration scheme.

SLE policy adviser, Simon Ovenden, said: “We absolutely agree that the safety of people using short-term lets is paramount and communities should not be driven apart by a lack of available long-term housing in their local area.

“We are, however, very concerned that this one size fits all approach fails to reflect the needs of rural communities and could lead to mass closures of short-term accommodation, which would have a massive impact on rural Scotland.

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