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Short-Term Letting in Edinburgh

The ASSC was invited to respond to comments from Andy Wightman MSP and Sarah Boyack MSP regarding concerns around the potential reopening of short-term lets in Edinburgh, particularly in residential tenements, with neighbours being worried about cleaning and the potential spread of the virus through short-term lets.


Association of Scotland Self-Caterers Chief Executive, Fiona Campbell, said:

“The ASSC takes the safety of the communities in which our members operate very seriously and have issued guidance specifically for properties with shared stairwells. Our professional members will, as they always do, follow government guidance as it evolves, and best practice.

“We have offered to discuss PLACE’s concerns with the cleaning protocols but this request was declined. This invitation remains open should they change their mind.

“Our hardworking members, in a sector worth £723m to our economy, are once again subject to spurious attacks from an anonymous group of people without the first clue about who we are or what we do.”

“Meanwhile, the ASSC has been working productively, with the Scottish Government and our other partners, to develop a strict and stringent set of industry-leading cleaning protocols that will allow our sector to get back to work and get Scottish tourism back on its feet again.”

“We note that the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism Fergus Ewing has described PLACE’s comments on the guidance as ‘manifestly ill-founded’.”

“We created our robust cleaning protocols, which have been supported by the Scottish Government, while those with an inexplicably passionate grudge against our sector continued to carp obsessively from the side-lines and offered no constructive way forward.”

“As a trade body, the ASSC continues to urge all of our members, and the general public, to follow all Scottish Government advice on staying safe so that we can all get back to normality as soon as possible.”

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