UKH Scotland calls on Government to stick with licensing plan on short-term lets

UKHospitality Scotland Executive has commented on today’s announcement that there is to be a further consultation on a licensing scheme for the short-term lets sector.

Leon Thompson (pictured) said, “UKHospitality Scotland continues to be clear in calling for the introduction of a much needed and overdue licensing scheme for short-term lets.

“We will respond to ensure that the licencing scheme creates a level playing field that can assist traditional accommodation providers recover from the ongoing economic impact of the pandemic, whilst providing safety and confidence for visitors using short-term lets, as well as to local residents and communities.'

Thompson continued, “This is the third consultation on the introduction of licensing for this area, and the need for this scheme only continues to grow. The Scottish Government must stick with its publicly stated commitment to deliver a robust licensing scheme and as soon as parliament returns after the summer recess.

“Furthermore, Scotland is facing a depopulation crisis in almost all rural areas, and the proliferation of short-term lets is reducing housing stock and driving up house prices and rents. This is having a knock-on effect on hospitality businesses that need to recruit and house workers and many of our rural members say housing shortages are contributing to the staffing issues they face.'

Thompson finished, “It cannot be right that businesses that provide jobs and contribute to sustainable and thriving communities are undermined by the lack of action in this area.”