The Association of Residential Lettings Agents has thrown its weight behind an initiative by the Scottish Government to control the growth of Airbnb and other similar short let platforms.
“It’s positive to see that the Scottish Government are taking steps to regulate short term lets. In some urban areas, the supply of local housing is under intense pressure and as the private rental sector becomes increasingly regulated, landlords are moving further towards the less regulated short-term letting space which further reduces this supply. This can also result in lower quality accommodation for tenants and overall creates a vastly uneven playing field” explains ARLA chief executive David Cox.
“By further regulating the sector, local authorities will be able to control the number of short term lets in Scotland, but also ensure that effective health and safety requirements are put in place to protect those seeking a short term let” he adds.