This is a meeting for the communities of Edinburgh to put forward the issues of short term lets in what is a festival and increasing party city. Andy Wightman MSP efforts in Parliament on short Term Lets. have started with this motion:
That the Parliament notes what it understands as the anxiety being expressed by communities over the rapid growth in entire homes being let for short-term occupancy across urban and rural Scotland and the view that this should not be at the expense of people in housing need nor compromise the peaceful enjoyment of people’s homes; believes that this issue is long-standing in parts of the Highlands and the south-west and that this form of letting is now increasingly displacing residential communities in Edinburgh and across Lothian; notes reports of distress being felt by residents, particularly in communal property in the centre of the capital; acknowledges the recently-launched Homes First campaign, and notes the calls for all parties to urgently bring forward planning, fiscal or regulatory measures to enable local government to provide effective controls over the change of use of residential property to short-term let property.
Supported by: Ross Greer, Mark Ruskell, John Finnie, Neil Findlay, Patrick Harvie, Alison Johnstone, Alex Rowley, Daniel Johnson, Gordon Lindhurst R, Kezia Dugdale, Jeremy Balfour, Jackie Baillie, Pauline McNeill, Alex Cole-Hamilton R