Airbnb crack­down

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

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.

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