Call for ac­tion

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - YOURVOICE -

GREEN MSP Mark Ruskell has called for im­proved reg­u­la­tion of short-term hol­i­day lets in Fife.

The Mid Scot­land and Fife MSP, who has pre­vi­ously called for hol­i­day home own­ers to be charged non-do­mes­tic rates, has raised the is­sue of prop­er­ties rented out via on­line sites.

He said: “In re­cent years thou­sands of peo­ple across Scot­land have started let­ting out their homes via on­line plat­forms with­out ob­tain­ing con­sent, pay­ing busi­ness taxes or pass­ing the rig­or­ous safety checks needed in reg­is­tered self-cater­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“It’s vi­tal we get a han­dle on this sit­u­a­tion be­fore we see a fur­ther clear­ance of the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion from Fife’s beau­ti­ful vil­lages and ru­ral ar­eas.”

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