I know that short-term lets are a big concern for a lot of people in Edinburgh East. Many people have experienced anti-social behaviour from a flat let out for a stag weekend. Many others are feeling the impact that short-term lets are having on the housing market, both buying and renting, as homes are turned into unregulated and lucrative mini-hotels. This is driving up rents and house prices because homes are being taken out of housing supply at a time when Edinburgh's population is growing. Online platforms such as Airbnb have caused the number of short-term lets to mushroom because it's never been easier for visitors to find cheap accommodation.
This kind of 'disruptive' technology often leaves existing regulation not fit for purpose which leaves policy makers needing to catch up. The Scottish Government and the City of Edinburgh Council are moving decisively to deal with this new landscape. I wanted to make my own views known - this is my contribution to the Scottish Government's Short-Term Lets Consultation.