Short-Term Lets : Homes First

Andy Wightman MSP today launched Homes First, in response to the use of whole residential properties as short-term lets. Pages 10 and 11 summarise his proposals to increase the regulation of short-term lets.

Video of his presentation is available by clicking Scottish Parliament members’ business debate on motion S5M-08370

The Scottish Parliament motion read as follows :

…the Parliament notes what it understands as the anxiety being expressed by communities over the rapid growth in entire homes being let for short-term occupancy across urban and rural Scotland and the view that this should not be at the expense of people in housing need nor compromise the peaceful enjoyment of people’s homes; believes that this issue is long-standing in parts of the Highlands and the south-west and that this form of letting is now increasingly displacing residential communities in Edinburgh and across Lothian; notes reports of distress being felt by residents, particularly in communal property in the centre of the capital; acknowledges the recently-launched Homes First campaign, and notes the calls for all parties to urgently bring forward planning, fiscal or regulatory measures to enable local government to provide effective controls over the change of use of residential property to short-term let property.”


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