Eight landlords letting flats on the same street have been banned from renting them out on Airbnb.
The Edinburgh News website says the city council declared a breach of planning laws and ordered the eight listings to be removed from the Airbnb platform, as well as the Booking and Expedia websites.
Edinburgh News says the eight flats were found to have been used for 25 days every month; the owners were given until earlier this month to stop the lettings but they have now launched a joint appeal against the decision to the Scottish Government.
The owners claim they have not breached planning consent and that they avoid group bookings which may have anti-social consequences.
Meanwhile the council says for the flats concerned “the significant level of occupancy and turnover is significantly different from residential use. Irrespective of outside ambient noise, disruptive movements associated with the intensive operation have been reported to the council by neighbouring residents. The intensive use of the flats for short-term letting has led to a deterioration in the living conditions of adjacent residents.”
A specific decision on the appeal is expected later this year: a council consultation on a new licensing system for short lets runs until August 13.
Under the proposed legislation, councils will have until October 1 2022, to establish a licensing scheme, with all short-term lets to be licensed by April 1 2024.
Existing hosts and operators must apply for a licence by April 1 2023.
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