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Getting the Bigger Picture: ASSC Announces New In-Depth Study into Short-Term Rentals

Created: December 12, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Representation, Self-catering Industry

Short-term letting has made quite a few headlines of late; some positive and some not so positive. There is a debate going on across Scotland, particularly in Edinburgh, as to their social and economic impact. While the ASSC welcomes rigorous debate on the efficacy of all sectors, its own included, it is vitally important that […]

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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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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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Parliamentary Motion: Annual Conference of the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers 

Created: November 13, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Representation

S5M-08770: Graham Simpson, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 09/11/2017 “That the Parliament welcomes the annual conference of the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC), which took place at Perth Concert Hall on 7 November 2017; notes that the ASSC, which is the only trade association representing the interests of the traditional self-catering […]

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Attacks on Scotland’s short term letting are an insult to tourism

Created: November 13, 2017
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

In his recent article for this newspaper, Andy Wightman MSP made a number of claims as part of an extended attack on Scotland’s short term letting sector. While healthy debate is to be encouraged, we at the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) feel that it is important to set the record straight on the state […]

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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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Debunking the Myths

Created: October 23, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Representation, Self-catering Industry

Setting the Record Straight on Self-Catering The Scottish self-catering and holiday let sector has been the target of a recent campaign of misinformation led by some in politics and in the media. The hardworking professionals who make their living in the industry, many of whom are members of the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers, have been […]

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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 Coverage: The Times on ASSC’s Code of Conduct

Created: September 21, 2017
Posted in: Press Release, Representation, Self-catering Industry

The ASSC’s Code of Conduct received some good press coverage in Today’s Times. Read the article here. ASSC launched its Code of Conduct in association with the Short-Term Accommodation Association (STAA), which has also developed a policy paper looking into improving working life for platform hosts. During the process of drafting both the policy document […]

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