Controls on Airbnb-style short-term lets are being considered by the Scottish Government amid concerns of antisocial behaviour and their impact on the housing market.
A consultation found wide support for tougher regulations on people renting out rooms and homes, with landlords and businesses expressing concerns about short-term lets.
Scotland’s housing minister announced the government will consider how to regulate the industry and manage the impact in “tourist hot spots”.
Kevin Stewart said: “Short-term lets can offer people a flexible and cheaper travel option and have contributed positively to Scotland’s tourism industry and local economies.
“However, we know that in certain areas, particularly tourist hot spots, high numbers of short-term lets are causing problems and often making it harder for people to find homes to live in.
“The responses to our consultation confirm support for new controls over short-term letting of residential properties in these problem areas.
“We will consider the evidence before setting out our proposals later this year.
“In the meantime we will continue to work with local authorities to support them to balance the needs of their communities with wider economic interests.”
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