The ASSC has revealed the findings of the survey on the Scottish Government’s short-term let consultation, and the likely impact of its proposed licensing scheme.
The ASSC has numerous concerns about the proposed regulations, believing that they will have profoundly negative consequences for the £723m self-catering sector.
Our survey on the consultation elicited nearly 1,200 responses and provided useful insights from an important component part of Scotland’s tourism offering.
Our members are clear that the current proposals are not fit for purpose, do not provide a proportionate and balanced regulatory framework, and are a real threat to their livelihoods. ASSC members are professional operators who are a longstanding presence in their communities – but particularly in rural and remote areas – providing an economic benefit for the local area and businesses. Given the devastating impact that Covid-19 has had on tourism, they are perplexed as to why this consultation and the regulations are proceeding at such a rapid pace given all that has occurred over the past 6-7 months, and when similar legislation (for example, the tourist tax) has been postponed due to the pandemic.
We remain greatly concerned that the haste of this work will not result in a well-designed and proportionate regulatory framework and could be one which may have negative consequences for our sector and Scottish tourism as a whole. The ASSC wants to work with the Scottish Government and MSPs to ensure a balanced and proportionate approach for business, tourism and local communities and would welcome the opportunity to speak with you on how we can achieve just that.
Read the full results: ASSC licensing survey