Scottish licensing plans 'devastating' for rural businesses

The Scottish government has just finished consulting on revised proposals to introduce a licensing scheme in response to problems caused by the growth in Airbnb-style lets. 

Local residents in some areas have complained that short-term lets are leading to unreasonable noise levels, anti-social behaviour and a loss of residential housing stock for local people. 

There is also concern that properties are being rented out in unregulated market, so may pose a safety risk to visitors or neighbours. 

But in response to the consultation, SLE has accused the government of coming up with proposals that have been shaped by problems experienced mainly in urban areas that fail to reflect reality in most rural locations. 

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Source - Farmers Weekly