The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) is committed to providing support for the small accommodation sector during the implementation of short-term let legislation.
To gather valuable insights into the challenges faced by our sector, a snap survey was circulated over a short period of 48 hours. A total of 1,255 businesses responded to this survey, representing a substantial number of businesses, with 55% located in rural to semi-rural areas of Scotland of which communities rely heavily on tourism.
The survey findings underscore the significant impact of short-term let legislation, including its associated costs, uncertainties, business closures that will result if it proceeds in its current form, as well as the personal costs to many operators in Scotland.
These headline findings were shared with the Minister for Housing Paul McLennan MSP and the Minister for Tourism Richard Lochhead this afternoon during a meeting with the ASSC.
Commenting on the findings, Fiona Campbell, CEO of the Association of Self-Caterers, said:
“These are yet more depressing findings from a beleaguered sector that just wants to get back to doing what it does best – providing memory making experiences to visitors – rather than being hit by a juggernaut of regulations.
The clock is ticking on short-term let licensing and we have repeatedly articulated our outstanding concerns to the Scottish Government. The fact that 61% of self-catering operators are contemplating leaving the sector should concentrate minds to get a regulatory solution in place which doesn’t damage our tourism sector for no material benefit.
We stand ready to work with the Scottish Government to get things right.”