RTPI Scotland gives cautious welcome to short-term let proposals

The success of Scottish Government proposals to regulate short-term lets such as AirBnB is dependent on new funding to support implementation by planning departments, according to the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Published 26 January 2021

Short-term rentals 'amplify housing shortage in urban areas', finds academic report

Short-term rentals, such as Airbnb, are causing housing shortages and rent increases, according to new research by the University of Cologne.

Published 22 January 2021

Short-term lets regulations 'could take £1m a day out of Scottish economy'

Airbnb has commissioned new analysis which claims that proposals from the Scottish Government to regulate short-term lets could put 17,000 jobs at risk and take almost £1 million a day out of the Scottish economy.

Published 30 October 2020

CJEU: Member states can regulate Airbnb-style short-term lets to combat housing shortages

EU member states can regulate Airbnb-style short-term lets to combat long-term rental housing shortages, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled.

Published 22 September 2020

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