Stirling MP Welcomes Further Think on Short-Term Let Laws


Categories: Agriculture and Farming, Local Business, Rural Affairs, SNP Scottish Government

Local Stirling MP Alyn Smith has backed a Scottish Government decision to withdraw proposed legislation aimed at regulating short-term lets, in order to further consult with key stakeholders.

News of the pause will be welcomed by rural businesses, who expressed concerns on the potential impact such legislation may have on their operations – particularly in light of the disruption already caused by the pandemic.

The National Farmers Union Scotland played an important role in advocating for a halt, pending further industry input, noting that the diversification of farming businesses in recent years into the short-term lets market has proven to be a significant source of income for many farms in Scotland.

Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:

‘I’m glad that these proposals are being worked up a bit more.  There is certainly a problem with short term lets in the cities and we will need to bring legislation forward at some point, but for farms and rural businesses the proposals as drafted didn’t fit, and coming on top of three winters in a row remained a concern. 

Full credit to industry bodies, key stakeholders and Scottish Government ministers for their commitment and engagement in the legislative process so far.’