Cllr Kenny MacLaren responds to consultation on Short Term Lets

15th Oct 2020

The Scottish Government has currently a consultation on Short Term Lets in housing.

Renfrewshire Council Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP Paisley Northwest), commented: “I felt it was important to contribute to this consultation as I have been dealing with constituents who have had problems with Airbnb lets in their neighbourhood,”

The Scottish Government’s consultation aims to tackle the problems from short term lets, such as Airbnb, and proposes councils having the powers to licence such lets. This could also set safety requirements for all short-term lets while also allowing councils will to include further conditions to help tackle littering or overcrowding of properties.

The Scottish 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”, although that was outwith the reach of the current consultation.

Following complaints from constituents, Councillor Kenny MacLaren has already contacted Renfrewshire 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 consultation and the eventual legislation 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 is disappointing that it will take time before the full legislation will be in place but I will continue to put pressure on council directors to take action where such short term lets are causing problems in local neighbourhoods.”

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