Caught between Universal Credit and AirBNB: Suzy Cargill’s story
Suzy Cargill from Edinburgh’s experience at the sharp end of ‘welfare reform’ and the housing crisis has left her homeless, and considering moving away from a city she has no desire to leave
SUZY CARGILL, 46, a musician based in Leith, Edinburgh, got a call out of the blue on 10 January.
It was someone from the DWP. They said that her Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) payments were stopping immediately, as of that phone call.
“When she said that I froze - I didn’t think that could happen,” Suzy says.
New data revealing 1 Airbnb for every 48 Edinburgh residents sparks renewed calls for regulation on short-term lets
Edinburgh Council housing and economy convenor: “Short term lets are having a terrible impact. They’re hollowing out communities, both in the city centre and increasingly across Edinburgh.”
Tourism businesses backs Edinburgh tourist tax in consultation, despite industry lobby opposition
85 per cent of respondents issued strong support for the proposals, with nine per cent strongly opposed.
A MAJORITY of businesses and accommodation providers have backed proposals for a tourist tax in an Edinburgh City Council consultation, in contradiction to the tourist industry lobby which has made high-profile attempts to oppose the plans.
Airbnb set to be regulated as short-term lets amendment to Planning Bill goes through
Amendment also passed giving power to councils to buy land at existing use value
AN AMENDMENT to the Planning Bill which would see all short-term lets have to apply for council planning consent has passed stage two of the Bill’s passage through parliament.
Amendment 45 was tabled by Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman, and is an attempt to regulate the enormous rise of short term lets in Scotland, especially through the use of digital holiday letting company Airbnb.
Concentration of Edinburgh Airbnbs 4 times greater than London or Paris
According to Edinburgh City Council figures, there is now one Airbnb listing for every 54 Edinburgh residents
EDINBURGH has a higher concentration of Airbnb listings than London, Paris or New York, it has been revealed.
Airbnb challenge: Greens set out amendments to planning bill to regulate short-term lets and holiday homes
New proposals would tackle the growth of short term lets or holiday homes by requiring council planning permission for a change in use
SCOTTISH GREEN MSPs will seek to amend upcoming Scottish Government planning legislation at Holyrood to require council planning permission before owners can turn homes into holiday homes or short term lets, in a bid to tackle the housing crisis.
Green housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP will lead a debate in Holyrood about the proposed change after the parliament returns from its summer break.
Living Rent protests “secret” Edinburgh Council meeting
Dozens protest Edinburgh council meeting branded “secretive.”
TENANTS UNION Living Rent held an emergency protest outside the City of Edinburgh Council chambers on Monday as Councillors met with a delegation from the holiday-let company Airbnb.
Airbnb met with Council officials ahead of the publication of a report into the impact of short-term lets in the capital. Living Rent say their members were excluded from earlier talks on the report and have expressed concern about the influence of large companies on the housing market.
FMQs: Patrick Harvie calls for further powers to tackle short-term lets
Highlighting AirBnB, the Scottish Green co-convener drew a distinction between a “collaborative” and an “exploitative” economy
SCOTTISH GREEN PARTY co-convenor Patrick Harvie MSP today challenged the Scottish Government to give local government additional powers to tackle the rapid growth of private short-term lets, which the Greens argue is adding pressure to Scotland’s ongoing housing crisis.