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ASSC Statement in Response to David Alexander

Created: December 7, 2018
Posted in: Press Release, Representation, Self-catering Industry

In light of the comments made by David Alexander of DJ Alexander in the 06 December issue of The Scotsman, the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers has issued the following statement. ASSC Chief Executive, Fiona Campbell, said: “It is deeply regrettable that an individual who commands as much respect in the Edinburgh property market as David […]

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Press Release: ASSC Appoints All-female Executive Team for First Time

Created: December 5, 2018
Posted in: Press Release, Self-catering Industry

The ASSC has appointed an all-female executive team for the first time in its 40-year history. Linda Battison steps into the chair role recently vacated by outgoing chairman, David Smythe, becoming the first woman to hold the position. Ms Battison joins vice-chair, Tara Scott, and the association’s chief executive, Fiona Campbell, to form the new […]

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Repairing Standard

Created: December 3, 2018
Posted in: Business, Guidance, Industry News, Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry

Draft copies of two Scottish Statutory Instruments intended to amend the repairing standard for private sector housing were published on 3rd December. These statutory instruments implement the commitment made to amend the repairing standard following Part 2 of the consultation on Energy Efficiency and Condition Standards in the private rented sector (, which ASSC submitted […]

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Press Release: ASSC Shows Campaigning Pedigree at Thistle Awards

Created: December 2, 2018
Posted in: Paws for a Break, Press Release, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

A successful Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers marketing campaign has been awarded a prestigious Scottish Thistle Award. The Paws for a Breakcampaign was voted the Central, Fife, and Tayside Regional Winner in the Working Together for Tourism category. Delivered in conjunction with match funding from VisitScotland’s growth fund, Paws for a Breaksuccessfully promoted traditional short-term rental […]

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Scottish Government Tourist Tax Discussion

Created: November 23, 2018
Posted in: Industry News, Legislation, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry, Uncategorized

Scottish Government is facilitating a national discussion on the issue of tourism tax, to allow all relevant and interested parties to share their views and evidence for and against. We are urging members to participate, please link to the discussion HERE For further information and for ASSC’s position on a tourism tax please see our […]

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ASSC Statement on Planning (Scotland) Bill Amendment

Created: November 23, 2018
Posted in: Member Benefits, Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry

Scottish Green MSP, Andy Wightman, has proposed an amendment to the Planning (Scotland) Bill which would require people to get planning permission to let out their home as a short-term let. The change he makes to the bill is that ‘the use of a dwellinghouse for the purpose of providing short-term holiday lets involves a […]

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Enforcement of new STR rental rules will cost €400,000, says Dublin City council

Created: November 23, 2018
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry

Enforcement of new regulations on short-term rental, announced last month, will cost Dublin City Council around €400,000, according to an initial assessment. A report to councillors from Assistant Chief Executive Richard Shakespeare said enforcement would be “resource intensive”. “The enforcement of short-term lettings regulations is logistically very difficult. There are problems establishing ownership, gaining access […]

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Scotland’s self-catering industry held a hugely successful conference.

Created: November 6, 2018
Posted in: Industry News, Member Benefits, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Short-Term Rental Trade Body Holds Conference The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) has held a record-breaking event as part of its 40th anniversary year celebrations. Over 300 delegates, industry experts, and public sector stakeholders descended on Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel for the annual meeting of the sector. This year’s conference was the biggest gathering of professionals […]

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Fiona Campbell: Short-term rentals are vital to Edinburgh’s success as a city

Created: November 6, 2018
Posted in: Industry News, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry, Uncategorized

The following story is featured in Edinburgh Evening News: Celebrated crime writer Val McDermid recently criticised what she sees as the impact that “over tourism” has on life in Edinburgh. In particular, she attacked the impact she believes that short-term rentals, and the platforms and routes to market that they use, have on the city. […]

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STA update statement to industry stakeholders on City of Edinburgh Council Consultation into Tourist Tax

Created: November 4, 2018
Posted in: Member Benefits, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

“The City of Edinburgh Council has now launched its formal consultation into a proposed Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) in the city. As you may know, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that a Scottish Government consultation will be held on a tourist tax during her speech at the Scottish Tourism Alliance Annual Autumn Conference on […]

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