Your views on Leith’s Short Term Lets

Given how heavily tenemented the Leith Central area is, Short Term Lets (or “Holiday Flats”) can have a knock-on effect on local residents.

There are two consultations we advise people in the area to respond to:

Edinburgh Council have a consultation on-going about a ‘Short Term Let Control Area‘ until November 5th.

Holyrood’s Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee also want your views on plans to regulate short-term lets until October 29th.

If approved, the new laws would see the introduction of a licensing scheme for short-term lets. The Scottish Government suggests that the new laws would:

  • make sure short-term lets are safe,
  • help with issues faced by neighbours from short-terms lets, and
  • help councils know and understand what is happening in their areas about the provision of short-term lets.

Ahead of the new laws being introduced later this year, the Committee wants to hear from people across Scotland about whether the proposed laws will achieve what they set out to do. 

Plans to regulate short-term lets in Scotland are expected to be considered in November and December.

The Committee would like to hear what you think about the suggested changes before it considers them and is doing a survey so you can give us your views. You can access the survey by following the link below:

yourviews.parliament.scot/spice/licensing-of-short-term-lets

Please could you send your responses to the survey by 29 October 2021.   

Responses which are sent after this may not be looked at by the Committee. 

The new regulations being brought in by the Scottish Government are due to be introduced to Parliament in November.