Edinburgh pledges 'swift' action to return short-term lets to full-time residential use

The City of Edinburgh Council has pledged to "use all the powers available" to crack down on Airbnb-style short-term lets after a new report found that only about one in 500 properties had proper planning permission.

Published 1 September 2020

And finally... Playbnb

A playhouse listed on Airbnb as a joke has been booked by a family of four for a weekend break.

Published 21 August 2020

And finally... 90s-themed Airbnb is a blockbuster

The world’s last Blockbuster shop has been transformed into a 90s themed Airbnb.

Published 14 August 2020

Crackdown on Airbnb-style lets to be introduced

The Scottish Government will be cracking down on Airbnb-style short-term lets with a new licensing regime due to be implemented before next summer.

Published 27 July 2020

Airbnb moves to temporarily reserve UK bookings for key workers

Airbnb has restricted all bookings for the coming days to essential key workers in the wake of mounting criticism from MPs.

Published 9 April 2020

Edinburgh landlord stripped of HMO licence but maintains Airbnb listing

An Edinburgh landlord has been stripped of his HMO licence after he caused flooding to a neighbour's property, but he has been allowed to continue to use the property as an Airbnb.

Published 10 February 2020

Western Isles empty homes scheme used for Airbnb style lets

Empty homes renovated under a scheme intended to ease pressure on housing stocks are being rented out to tourists in the Western Isles, according to a new report.

Published 16 January 2020

Councils empowered to introduce short-term lets control areas

Local authorities are to be given new powers to regulate short-term lets where they decide this is in the interests of local communities, under measures to be introduced by the Scottish Government.

Published 9 January 2020

Airbnb UK threatened with legal proceedings by HMRC

Airbnb UK has received a warning from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that legal proceedings could be initiated against the company over "tax laws or regulations impacting the company's business".

Published 23 October 2019

Airbnb landlords in Edinburgh abandon short-term lettings due to impending restrictions

An increasing amount of Airbnb owners are moving away from short-term letting in favour of traditional residential letting as the sector anticipates heightened regulations.

Published 26 September 2019

Edinburgh Airbnb host banned

An Edinburgh woman renting her flat on Airbnb has been ordered to stop following noise complaints.

Published 2 September 2019

One in ten Edinburgh city centre properties listed on Airbnb

One in ten properties in Edinburgh city centre are listed on Airbnb, according to a new investigation.

Published 7 August 2019

UK: Airbnb host evicted and fined for letting council flat

A council tenant has been evicted and ordered to pay more than £100,000 for illegally subletting his council flat in London as a holiday home through Airbnb.

Published 30 July 2019

Trade body for self-catering sector backs limits on short-term rental properties

The Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers (ASSC) has called for local authorities to be allowed to limit the number of short-term rental properties in rent pressure zones.

Published 19 February 2019

Airbnb plans to impose 90-day restriction on lets in Edinburgh

Short term letting company Airbnb is planning to restrict Edinburgh landlords using its platform from renting out flats for longer than 90 days a year as part of a series of proposals which aim to find a balance between serving tourists and residents in the Scottish capital.

Published 19 January 2018