Edinburgh is an extremely popular destination – being the capital of Scotland – which means authorities needed to put laws in place to ensure tourism doesn’t get out of control. In terms of Airbnb, Edinburgh has empowered citizens to make nuisance complaints against short-term stays or ‘party flats’. Additionally, there are also regulations which must be adhered to when renting your property out to 3 unrelated people at the same time.
Other than that individuals have near-enough free rein when it comes to letting out their property. Back in 2012, the Health, Social Care and Housing Committee conducted a review into it, and stated the following:
“The current planning position is that short-term holiday lets are residential uses within the authorized use of residential properties. A planning authority has no power to change the situation set out in the legislation, or more specifically in the Use Classes Order. Any such change would be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.”
As of yet, the Scottish Government is not looking to change anything.