Kate Forbes MSP urges Highlanders to participate in short-term lets consultation

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch is urging her constituents to take part in a new Scottish Government consultation on short-term lets.

Announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at last weekend’s SNP conference, the consultation runs until 19 July and can be accessed here: https://consult.gov.scot/housing-services-policy-unit/short-term-lets/

The Scottish Government’s Housing Minister Kevin Stewart has also confirmed that the government will be conducting further research to explore the direct effects of short-term lets on communities, neighbourhoods and housing supply across Scotland.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “AirBnB has broadened the accommodation available to tourists in many parts of my constituency.

“It is a helpful source of income for many people during the summer months. But that has to be balanced with the pressures on housing stock for local people, who are priced out of the holiday home market and can’t find affordable accommodation.

“That’s why I welcome the First Minister’s invitation for views on a new system of regulation to make sure short-term lets face the same normal controls as any other accommodation would.

“I’d encourage people in the Highlands to engage with the process and make their views known on tougher regulation.”

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