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Ministerial Statement on Planning and Inclusive Growth

Created: December 6, 2017
Posted in: Business, Industry News, Legislation, Representation

On 5 December 2017, Scottish Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart, stood before the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament to deliver a Ministerial Statement on planning and inclusive growth. He did this in the context of the recently submitted Planning Bill, which has now been laid before Parliament. Mr Stewart spoke of the […]

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Energy Performance Certificates: Did you know that you need one?

Created: October 28, 2017
Posted in: Legislation, Regulations, Representation

Individual holiday homes, which are rented out in their entirety, now require an Energy Performance Certificate in Scotland, despite advice until January 2017 that holiday homes did not require EPCs. By 2018, any property being rented out must meet a minimum standard of an EPC rating E. By 2020, your EPC rating will have to […]

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Chairman’s Report

Created: October 11, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Legislation, Member Benefits, Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry

Chairman’s Report for the 2017 AGM 7th November, Perth Concert Hall Tourism in Scotland is generally doing well – national marketing campaigns are working successfully, helped by exchange rates favouring holidays in the UK for both our own residents as well as attracting overseas visitors.   The rise of Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) has encouraged many new visitors […]

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Rates Revaluation 2017: Applying for Rate Cap Relief

Created: March 22, 2017
Posted in: Guidance, Industry News, Legislation, Representation, Self-catering Industry

The Non-Domestic Rates (Transitional Relief) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 This is the Statutory Instrument, which was approved on 16 March and comes into effect on 1 April.  Rate-payers will have to apply for the 12.5% rate cap. The scheme is a Transitional Relief Scheme so there will be a calculation done to determine if the Ratepayer […]

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Created: January 9, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Legislation, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Brexit is top of most news reports just now, and rightly so, because our choice to leave the European Union is both momentous in terms of impact to the UK, and unprecedented as no country has yet triggered Article 50 to leave.  The rule book has not been written. Brexit has become hotly party political, […]

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LBTT (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill passes at Stage 3

Created: March 10, 2016
Posted in: Legislation

New legislation introducing a tax supplement on purchases of additional residential properties has been passed by Parliament. MSPs have voted in favour of the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill – meaning a supplement will now be levied on the purchase of additional homes such as second homes or buy-to-let properties. The […]

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The Living Wage

Created: September 18, 2015
Posted in: Legislation, Regulations, Self-catering Industry

The Living Wage  We are looking for feedback on the proposed Living Wage and how this will affect self-catering in particular. Early conversations have suggested that this may not be a problem for most, but there may be wider implications in the tourism industry. We will be presenting your views to Scottish Government on 30th September, […]

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Short-term Letting in Glasgow

Created: August 24, 2015
Posted in: Legislation, Regulations, Representation

The ASSC is concerned about the current ban on short-term letting in Glasgow. We submitted a paper to the Glasgow Planning consultation last September, and raised the issue with both VisitScotland and Scottish Government, both of whom have responded positively. We know that Glasgow planners are looking at this again, and they will be talking […]

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Land Reform Bill

Created: August 11, 2015
Posted in: Legislation, Representation

The ASSC’s position on the Land Reform Bill The ASSC have put in a short submission to the Land Reform process as there are concerns regarding sporting rate introductions as well as Community rights to buy land. Rights and Responsibilities of Land: Entry in the Valuation Roll of shootings and deer forests. Many self-catering businesses in […]

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