THE explosion in short-term letting has opened up travel to those on a budget and created a simple way for homeowners to make a little extra cash.
It is no surprise that increasing numbers of holidaymakers prefer to use websites such as Airbnb to find a home-from-home rather than paying a premium for hotels.
For a family on a budget, a short-term let is often the perfect solution when trying to plan a holiday.
But while Airbnb- style lets can work brilliantly well for both travellers and homeowners, the system is not without problems. Some residents of busy cities complain that short-term lets involving groups on weekend breaks can mean an increase in anti- social behaviour and a drain on local services.
After a consultation, the Scottish Government is now considering new rules within the sector. Responsible landlords should have nothing to fear from better systems concerning, for example, safety.
Thoughtful, light-touch regulation may equally benefit travellers, landlords and local communities.
Ministers must be careful, however, not to get too heavy-handed. The quest to improve the short-term letting market must not end up with draconian restrictions on the rights of homeowners to display a little entrepreneurial spirit.