Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Perthshire South and Kinross-shire constituency, has given her backing to an announcement from the First Minister that councils will be handed powers to regulate and control short term holiday lets.
The proposal is part of a package of new housing initiatives announced at the SNP’s recent spring conference in Edinburgh this weekend – including a new £150 million scheme to help young people get on the property market with loans of up to £25,000 available to assist with a deposit for a new home.
Ms Cunningham is encouraging local residents to have their say on the Scottish Government’s plans as part of an online consultation that runs until 19th July 2019.
Speaking on Friday afternoon, Ms Cunningham said:
“While short term letting sites, such as Airbnb, are helping contribute to Scotland’s booming tourism industry they are also contributing to problems in some areas where people are finding it hard to find permanent homes.
“Short term lets can be an important part of bringing visitors to our area but I am aware that there are also some concerns about the impact on other residents when these short term lets are in properties with communal stairs or are in residential areas.
“The SNP Government is looking to proactively tackle this issue by handing councils the power to control the number of lets, to ensure they make a contribution to the local services they use and, most importantly, allow for arrangements that reflect the local balance of needs.
“I know that I have constituents with experience on both sides of this issue and it is important that we get the balance of this legislation correct. I would urge all those who have an interest to engage with the process and ensure that their views are heard before the consultation closes on 19thJuly 2019.”