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Chief Executive’s Report

Created: November 21, 2017
Posted in: Member Benefits, Paws for a Break, Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

2017 has been a year of frenetic activity and pro-active engagement on a number of key issues, which have and will have a dramatic effect on our sector going forwards. It has been an exceptionally challenging year and we continue to face significant threats going into 2018. Some of the key issues that have been […]

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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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Energy Performance Certificates: ASSC seeks support from Fiona Hyslop MSP

Created: September 27, 2017
Posted in: Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Uncategorized

The ASSC has written to Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, to ask for support in seeking the withdrawal of new guidance that requires all holiday homes to have an Energy Performance Certificate. We are of the view that an exemption should be granted for short-term holiday lets in terms of compliance […]

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Press Release: ASSC Launches Code of Conduct for Traditional Self-Catering Sector

Created: September 14, 2017
Posted in: Press Release, Regulations, Self-catering Industry

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC), the only trade body representing the sector in Scotland, has launched its new Code of Conduct, aimed at improving standards in the industry. The Code has been developed alongside a Scottish Government study and comes with a Policy Recommendation Paper which sets out how the vital self-catering sector in […]

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Energy Performance Certificates Regulations Loom

Created: July 6, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry

Campaign to Raise Awareness of the Threat EPC Regulations Pose to the Self-catering and Short-Term Letting Sector in Scotland The ASSC has recently responded to the Scottish Government’s Call for Evidence in relation to Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing.  A background briefing on EPCs and the ASSC’s full submission can be read […]

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New and Updated Guidance Sheets

Created: April 23, 2016
Posted in: Business, Guidance, Member Benefits, Regulations

Our library of Guidance Sheets is currently being updated and a new sheet on Regulations has been added.  The Regulations Guidance Sheet is intended to raise awareness on important safety checks, and to point members towards the relevant information.  It is a summary of regulations and safety checks that holiday home owners should be aware of, including […]

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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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