The Scottish Green Party has called for councils to be given new powers to license the growing number of short-term lets, through websites like Airbnb. MSP Graham Wightman said local authorities need the extra powers to regulate the growing sector and ‘prevent further erosion of communities and loss of housing’. Mr Wightman made the call as part of the latest instalment of the Greens’ Homes First campaign, which warns that the growth of commercial short-term lets is ‘out of control’ in cities like Edinburgh. According to the campaign, much-needed homes are being bought up by investors and then rented out on a short-term and unregulated basis, through various websites. The campaign warns that this in turn has lead to a shortage of permanent housing stock and a high turnover of temporary residents. In order to regulate the growing sector, Mr Wightman has suggested councils be given the power to introduce … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart