Short-term let licensing proposals 'come at an awful time' for many rural businesses' and 'could mean the end for many'

In response to the Scottish Government consultation on a licensing scheme for short-term lets, which includes glamping sites, B&Bs and holiday cottages, Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) reiterated its major concern that these proposals have been shaped with mainly urban hot spot areas in mind and fails to take into account the important role short-term lets play across rural Scotland by providing housing for communities and workers, as well as bringing in vital tourism. 

SLE also has concerns that:

Licensing fees and administration costs have been significantly underestimated with some licenses potentially costing thousands of pounds. 

The consultation process is potentially in breach of Scottish Government's own best practice guidelines in terms of transparency, accountability, proportionality, and consistency.

The Scottish Government's 'Rural Scotland Key Facts' report published in February 2021 contains important and directly pertinent information which calls into question much of the motivation and reasoning for the licensing of short term lets across Scotland, and rural areas in particular. 

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Source - Ross-shire Journal