“This consultation will give everyone the chance to have their say on an issue that has been causing some problems locally”, said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest), commenting on a Scottish Government consultation on the details of a licensing scheme for short term lets that will take place over seven weeks this summer.
Scotland’s Social justice secretary Shona Robison MSP has announced the publication of a draft licensing order for consultation, ahead of laying the final legislation at the Scottish Parliament in September. Stakeholders will now have until August 13 to comment on the licensing order and the draft business and regulatory impact assessment.
Draft guidance documents have also been published to explain how the legislation would work in practice.
Shona Robison MSP said:
“By allowing local authorities appropriate regulatory powers through a licensing scheme, we can ensure that short term lets are safe and address issues faced by local residents and communities.
“It will allow local authorities to understand more fully what is happening in their areas and assist with the effective handling of complaints.”
Cllr Kenny MacLaren added:
“Regulation of short term lets is vital if we are to balance the needs and concerns of our communities with wider economic and tourism interests.
“Short-term lets can offer people a flexible and cheaper travel option and have contributed positively to our tourism industry and local economies across the country.
Cllr Mags MacLaren said:
“We know that in certain areas, particularly tourist hot spots, high numbers of short-term lets can cause problems for neighbours and make it harder for people to find homes to live in.
“We are aware of a few areas within Paisley Northwest and Renfrewshire where local residents have complained about the antisocial behaviour problems related to short term lets, so it is important that everyone gets their say on this new legislation.”
The consultation runs until August 13.