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31 October 2018

Airbnb halted

In the 10 years since Airbnb first appeared as a benign addition to the ‘sharing economy’, it has become a tourism behemoth, blamed for destroying communities and distorting the housing market. Some european cities have acted swiftly to regulate and curb its influence and now Scotland’s planning laws look like they are starting to wake up to the threat. Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman has long campaigned for reforms to the housing market and now, under the umbrella of Homes First, he looks to have won a major victory with an important amendment to the Planning Bill.


 

By Andy Wightman MSP

This briefing paper outlines the amendment to the Planning Bill proposed by Any Wightman MSP which was passed at Stage 2 of the Bill’s passage through the Scottish Parliament.


 

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