(adapted from an Edinburgh council web-page: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20058/private_housing/1210/report_a_problem_with_a_short_term_let. The main links below have been added to LCCC’s list of links on the right of the website, in the local democracy section.)
A short term let is a property which is let out to visitors on a commercial basis for short periods of time. Often the whole property is let as holiday accommodation. In other cases, the host will continue to live in the property and let out a room or rooms to visitors.
Edinburgh Council is concerned about the impact of aspects of short term letting, such as the influence on
- housing supply
- the city and its residents
- planning matters
- safety standards
- anti-social behaviour.
For the steps being taken to address some of the issues above, please read the committee report from August 2018 and the Council’s Response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation on Short Term Lets from July 2019.