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Motion Lodged

The following motion has been lodged by Rachael Hamilton MSP:

S6M-02835: Rachael Hamilton, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24/01/2022

Short-term Let Licensing Scheme

That the Parliament recognises that the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee held an online survey to gather views on the Scottish Government’s plans to require local authorities to introduce a licensing scheme for short-term let accommodation; understands that, out of a total of 2,578 responses, 1,200 respondents said they “strongly oppose” the new regulations, compared with around 500 who said that they “strongly support” the regulations; further understands that over 60% of respondents said that they believed the regulations would drive up costs for small short-term let businesses, while approximately 45% said the regulations would lead to the closure of short-term let businesses; acknowledges the concerns about the proposals that were expressed by organisations such as the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers, Scottish Agritourism and the National Farmers Union of Scotland, and urges the Scottish Government not to proceed with what it considers to be damaging proposals that threaten small rural businesses and livelihoods.

Supported by: Stephen Kerr

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