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Hard work pays off for ASSC after Government rethink  

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) achieved a notable victory in early December when the Scottish Government announced earlier that it will delay its plans for short-term let licensing for existing operators.

The Government has agreed to push back a deadline for operators to apply for a licence until after the end of September next year after fears were raised about the new rules having a crippling impact on Edinburgh’s major cultural events.

The delay means people who have rented out their property for the festivals will still be able to do so in 2023.

This six-month extension was only made possible after pressure applied by the ASSC and other tourism stakeholders due to the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on the industry.

Small accommodation providers were enduring onerous and expensive red tape just to continue what they had been doing for decades. This additional expense, in the context of Covid recovery and the cost crisis, placed severe pressure on the sector.

Operators were faced by eye-watering fees in a confusing and inconsistent system, jeopardising jobs and livelihoods in an important part of Scotland’s tourism industry.

The self-catering sector boosts the Scottish economy by £867m per annum, supporting 24,000 jobs. It provides a vital source of alternative accommodation for major events like the Edinburgh Festivals whose future viability remains at risk due to draconian short-term let regulations.

Fiona Campbell, chief executive of the ASSC, which has also been lobbying the Government for a rethink over the new legislation, said:

“We are pleased our hard work, as well as the efforts from our friends across the Scottish tourism industry, has resulted in this development.

“We have been pressing hard for a pause to the implementation of the scheme due to the cost-of-living crisis, so it’s good to know our voices are being heard. We do see this as progress and will continue to push forward on behalf of our members. However, we know there’s lots of work still to do to.”

ASSC members wholeheartedly welcomed the news:

“May I offer my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the work you have done on our behalf, this makes an incredible difference to us as a business…and, if I may, say it is the best Christmas present we could receive.”

“As an organisation, your tenacity and diligence throughout has been outstanding and I’m sure I speak for many others as well as myself when I say we are so very grateful to you all.”





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