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Short term lets in Scotland

By: Shelter Scotland  Published: December 2018

This is a topic briefing on the issue of short term lets in Scotland. This paper focuses on the sharp growth in short term lets, their impact on housing availability and affordability, and what this means for Scottish households.


Shelter Scotland has concerns about the prevalence of short term lets in Scotland. Scotland is in a housing crisis: gripped by rising rents and a lack of housing availability, this crisis could be worsened by a growing short term letting climate.

Shelter Scotland supports calls for greater regulation in short term letting, to ensure this doesn’t negatively impact a household’s housing options or Scotland’s communities.