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Next Steps for Short-Term Lets

This event will provide a forum to key stakeholders to discuss the next steps for the regulation of Scotland’s short-term letting sector.

Building a system that works for all

The Scottish Government’s recent consultation on short-term lets suggests there is broad public support for the introduction of regulation on the issue.

Issues cited in related to short-term lets included concerns around anti-social behavior and a knock-on effect on the wider housing market.

However short-term lets also bring a range of direct and indirect benefits to Scotland’s economy.

So with the Scottish Government currently considering how to proceed on how to regulate the sector, what are key steps needed to develop a system that addresses concerns whilst protecting economic benefits.

Join Holyrood on 25th February 2020 as we examine the key perspectives and discuss the way forward on this vital issue.

Key Issues We'll Address with You

  • Policy in context: the results of the Scottish Government's consultation into short-term lets regulation
  • Perspectives from key stakeholder groups
  • Building accurate data on short-term lets and their impact
  • Potential models for regulation

Who Should Attend

  • Local authorities - including housing, economic development, planning and licensing teams, and elected members
  • Government agencies including HIE, Scottish Enterprise and the CMA
  • Trade associations and membership bodies for short-term lets, landlords, tourism and hospitality
  • Student associations and university housing officers
  • Community and tenant groups
  • Housing associations

Would You Like to Speak at Our Event?

If you have an inspiring case study or a project that you think is relevant, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always on the lookout for new speaker and case studies. Please contact

09:30 Registration and Refreshments

Session 1: Policy and context

10:00 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Professor Alan Alexander, Emeritus Professor of Local and Public Management, University of Strathclyde

10:05 Senior academic

10:25 Senior speaker, local authority

10:45 John Blackwood, Chief Executive, Scottish Association of Landlords

11:05 Senior speaker from Living Rent

11:25 Q&A

12:00 Lunch and Networking

Session 2: Next Steps and Good Practice

12:30 Senior policymaker

12:50 Fiona Campbell, Chief Executive, Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers

13:10 Rory Alexander, Partner - Planning and Local Government, Morton Fraser

13:30 Mark Livingston, Lead - Housing and Neighbourhoods, Urban Big Data Centre

13:50 Q&A

14:25 Chair's Closing Remarks

Professor Alan Alexander, Emeritus Professor of Local and Public Management, University of Strathclyde

14:30 Close of Event

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25 Feb 2020
Central Edinburgh
Reduced Rate
1 place £145+ VAT

Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

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1 place £245+ VAT | 2+ places £195+ VAT per place

Public sector organisations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m

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