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  • Short Term Rentals

    Edinburgh Tourist Tax

    It will be interesting to see how this is enforced against airbnb hosts. Aren't London boroughs still struggling to enforce the 90 day rule?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-47157011

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    It's a good question. It will be more difficult to enforce initially amongst some of the holiday lets which fly under the radar certainly, but as time progresses the councils will get smarter about how to organise this enforcement, along with how to ensure that they are paying taxes and following the business waste collection rules. These are all a work in progress, but this isn't a topic that the council will let up on in the short term, it's too much of a hot political issue now.

    Certainly amongst the larger agencies who run their businesses legally, paying taxes correctly for their business, there will be no problems enforcing it, as it will just become part of the legal process that they will have to follow.

    If you look at other countries and how they enforce the rules, a lot of them are turning to license applications for holiday lets. Then if you don't have a license, you can't put your properties onto Airbnb as Airbnb request that license number. So perhaps it will be a matter of Airbnb adding fields into their software, which they may do to appease the local councils. It's an interesting time.


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