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Judicial Review

Last week (11th / 12th May), a group of 4 petitioners lodged a Judicial Review at the Court of Session against the City of Edinburgh Council’s short-term let licensing policy.

They crowd funded the Judicial Review, with 1094 pledges contributing £305,644 to the fund. This grassroots campaign illustrates the level of concern felt by a sector facing an existential threat.

Lord Braid said it would be “rash” to predict how long it would take him to make a final judgement on the case but would deliver the ruling “as soon as possible”.

The petitioners have said it could “potentially take up to three months to receive the judge’s decision”.

Press Coverage:

STV News, New city rules for short-term lets are ‘lawful’, council argues, 13/05/23

Edinburgh Live, Edinburgh Council insist crackdown on short term lets ‘lawful’, 12/05/23

Edinburgh Live, Edinburgh bid to regulate short term lets ‘oppressive’ and ‘unlawful’ court told, 12/05/23

BBC News, Holiday let owners take council to court over ‘de facto ban’, 11/05/23

Edinburgh Live, Edinburgh council facing court battle over new short-term let rules, 10/05/23

Evening News, Edinburgh short-term lets: Operators take council to court to fight ‘extermination’ of livelihoods, 10/05/23

Edinburgh Reporter, Holiday letting operators seek judicial review at Court of Session, 10/05/23

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