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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-08370

Homes First

Submitted by: Andy Wightman, Lothian, Scottish Green Party.
Date lodged: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Jeremy Balfour, Claudia Beamish, Neil Bibby, Alex Cole-Hamilton (Registered interest ), Ruth Davidson, Kezia Dugdale, Neil Findlay, John Finnie, Ross Greer, Patrick Harvie, Daniel Johnson, Alison Johnstone, Johann Lamont, Gordon Lindhurst (Registered interest ), Pauline McNeill, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Colin Smyth
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

That the Parliament notes what it understands as the anxiety being expressed by communities over the rapid growth in entire homes being let for short-term occupancy across urban and rural Scotland and the view that this should not be at the expense of people in housing need nor compromise the peaceful enjoyment of people’s homes; believes that this issue is long-standing in parts of the Highlands and the south-west and that this form of letting is now increasingly displacing residential communities in Edinburgh and across Lothian; notes reports of distress being felt by residents, particularly in communal property in the centre of the capital; acknowledges the recently-launched Homes First campaign, and notes the calls for all parties to urgently bring forward planning, fiscal or regulatory measures to enable local government to provide effective controls over the change of use of residential property to short-term let property.