ASSC Response to Scottish Government Short-Term Let Licensing Plans
The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) has issued a response to the Scottish Government’s announcement of forthcoming regulations for the short-term letting sector in Scotland following their recent consultation.
During a Ministerial Statement to Parliament, the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart MSP, announced that the Scottish Government would introduce a licensing system for short-term lets in Scotland with further discretionary powers to be made available to local authorities.
In response, ASSC Chief Executive, Fiona Campbell, said:
“The ASSC has serious concerns about the decision to introduce a licensing scheme but we await the precise details with interest.
“We believe that licensing is disproportionate and will not strike the appropriate balance between supporting our vital tourism sector and the needs of local communities.
“It should not be forgotten that our sector provides a £723m boost to the Scottish economy, benefitting areas not only in the capital but throughout Scotland.”
“Licensing will also entail negative consequences for our hardworking and responsible members in the traditional short-term letting sector who strive to provide an enjoyable, safe and welcoming stay to domestic and international visitors.”
“Nonetheless, we will work constructively with the Scottish Government as they take forward their plans on short-term let regulation.
“Continuing our proactive approach, the ASSC will also shortly announce details of further additional measures we propose to respond to local concerns.”