Changes to Short Term Lets Welcomed

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Changes to the short term lets legislation announced by the Scottish Government last week will take tourism accommodation providers in Scotland “a step closer to the introduction of parity’ according to UKHospitality Scotland’s Executive Director Leon Thompson.

He goes on the say that “UKHospitality Scotland has consistently called for the introduction of licensing for short-term lets to achieve a level playing field. This is to ensure our members do not continue to be put at a financial and competitive disadvantaged by the expanding rental market.

“The changes set out by the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, following a third consultation on licensing, demonstrates that the Scottish Government has genuinely listened to stakeholders on all sides of this conversation. UKHospitality Scotland looks forward to continuing to participate in the dialogue, as legislation moves to the Scottish Parliament and guidance around the scheme is developed by the industry working group.”

The new legislation aims to reduce public liability insurance requirements and remove overprovision powers.

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