UKHospitality has welcomed the possible introduction of “much-needed” legislation in the home-sharing sector in Scotland.
The Scottish government announced it will review the evidence submitted to its consultation on short-term lets, with the majority of respondents backing regulation.
UKHospitality executive director for Scotland, Willie Macleod, said UKhospitality has been highlighting some of the issues in the short-term let sector, including “safety fears, the potential for anti-social behaviour and the lack of transparency”.
He added that it was “good to see the results of the consultation support this”, and welcomed the “commitment” by the Scottish government to review the evidence and take “appropriate action”.
Macleod said: “Short-term letting platforms have indeed revolutionised the tourism and hospitality sectors worldwide. The sector has brought with it a number of problems, though, and legislation is needed to ensure fairness.
“Currently, enforcement of safety regulation is difficult to the point of near-impossibility. Anti-social behaviour issues arise from the influx of tourists into residential areas.”
He added: “We absolutely need a system of registration UK-wide and legislation to make sure there is a level playing field among businesses and customers kept safe. Legislation in Scotland is a good first step.”