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    Councils given powers to limit short-term lets

    Written by on January 10, 2020

    Local councils are to be granted new powers to crack down on AirBNB-style lets.

    There’s been a sharp rise in the number of homes being rented out for short periods.

    However, concerns have been raised that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for local residents to find homes to live in.

    The new schemes will come into force from 2021.

    Welcoming the announcement, MSP for Stirling, Bruce Crawford, said:

    “We must strike a balance between the economic benefits of tourism to Scotland and the impact on local communities.

    “In the Stirling area, and across other tourist hotspots in Scotland, short-term lets such as AirBNB are restricting the number of properties available for those looking for a home to live in.

    “The proposals announced by the Scottish Government will give Stirling Council new powers to control the number of short-term lets in the local community and ensure they make a fair contribution to the services they use.”