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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.

No short-term lets in tenements for now

From Scottish Government guidance on ‘self-contained holiday accommodation’, and following from this post:

Most self-contained holiday accommodation, including fully self-catering accommodation, holiday homes/second homes and caravan and campervan parks can open from 3 July on the condition that the only accommodation provided/allowed are fully self-contained units with no shared facilities between households. For the avoidance of doubt shared facilities include entrance hallways, stairs and landings. Properties that are accessed via a common entrance cannot therefore reopen at this point.

Source: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-caravan-sites-and-holiday-parks/

Short-term lets: interviewees wanted

(adapted from an email from Andy Wightman MSP’s researcher)

Short term lets (STLs) are a growing in popularity across Edinburgh, although there are consequences for residents that should be considered. LCCC has raised this topic with new developers (e.g. Sept-19 minutes), shared consultation opportunities (June-19) and highlighted how to report a problem (Oct-19 website post) but your continued input as a resident is required to gain a better picture of the impact STLs are having on our area, both positive and negative.”

Andy Wightman MSP’s has a Homes First campaign – scrutinising commercial short-term lets and their impact on permanent residents. You may have seen that Andy has been raising concerns recently in the Scottish Parliament over short-term lets in shared stairs opening up to guests again: https://twitter.com/andywightman/status/1275883146416979974?s=20

Now the BBC has asked if we can put them in touch with anyone willing to be interviewed about short-term lets operating from their stair/building. If you would like to express interest in a filmed (physically distanced) interview, please reply with your contact details giving me permission to pass on your details to the BBC.

For those of you who filled in our survey of short-term lets at homesfirst.scot, you will be pleased to hear that we will be releasing the results of the first 6 months (January – June 2020) next month. We will also be launching a new section of the site looking at residents’ concerns specifically relating to the pandemic and short-term lets.

Many thanks

Charlotte Maddix
Parliamentary Researcher to Andy Wightman MSP
charlotte.maddix@parliament.scot
0131 348 6369

LCCC September 2019 approved minutes

The content of the following is exactly the same as the draft minutes published here

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Monday 16 September 2019 at 7:30pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading

LCCC September 2019 **DRAFT** minutes

Please note that these are draft minutes, and so do not represent LCCC’s agreed positions etc. If there are any queries, please contact LCCC. Due to various connectivity issues, this draft was not approved at the October meeting.

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Monday 16 September 2019 at 7:30pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading