UKHospitality have declared that they are welcome to the decision from the Scottish Government to regulate short term lets.
The Scottish Government announce they they are set to allow local authorites the ability to introduce a licensing scheme for short term lets.
The scheme will incorporate registration to underpin standard safety standards and also allow local authorities to take it further if required.
Willie Maclead, the UKHospitality Executive Director Scotland, says:
We are pleased to see the Scottish Government look to bring in long-overdue registration and powers to control the massive and uncompetitive growth in largely unregulated short-term letting. The recent boom in short-term lets has brought with it increased choice for customers, but also a plethora of problems for residents and a raft of debatable business practices.
“Too many businesses have had an unfair advantage compared to hotels and other accommodation businesses, escaping business taxes and operating, sometimes, without important safeguards in place. This undermines hospitality businesses who have already been hammered by rising costs in recent years and potentially puts customers at risk.
“We are pleased to see that these businesses will not be exempt from any Tourist Tax and we await further detail on how the proposed taxation of short-term lets will proceed and note the requirement for planning change of use for whole properties for short-term lets.”