“This is a good move by the SNP Scottish Government, one that will help local communities who come under pressure from short term lets such as Air BnB,” said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest).
The Scottish Government has announced that local councils will be able to introduce licensing schemes for short-term lets from 2021. These will allow local authorities to establish designated areas where planning permission is needed before properties can be rented out. The scheme will also set safety requirements for all short-term lets. Councils will also be allowed to include further conditions to help tackle littering or overcrowding of properties.
The government also said it will review how short-term lets should be taxed in the future to ensure they make an “appropriate contribution to local communities and support local services”.
Following complaints from constituents, Councillor Kenny MacLaren has already contacted the council’s Director of Housing regarding the use of properties in Paisley as Air BnB venues. This has caused some concern from nearby residents regarding their own safety and security as well as issues surrounding a build up of litter.
Councillor Kenny MacLaren said:
“This move will be welcomed by constituents who have contacted me regarding issues they are having with Air BnB premises within their local community.
“Although short-term lets can bring some positive benefits in terms of bringing tourists into the area there can be a knock-on impact on issues such as littering and noise complaints from ‘party flats’.
“Thankfully this doesn’t seem to be a large problem across Paisley just now but there is the potential for these problems to increase and it would be better to have proper licensing procedures in place.
“It’s a shame it will take until next year for the full legislation to be put in place but in the meantime the Director of Housing is looking at what options are available for the council to deal with any problems arising from short term lets just now.”