Undercover journalists approached 29 Airbnb hosts across Scotland, and while 22 said they weren’t, 7 invited them to make bookings in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and near Loch Lomond, despite UK and Scottish governments saying accommodation providers should shut. Three of the hosts manage 12 Edinburgh properties between them.

The UK government’s new coronavirus law which says those providing “holiday accommodation, whether in a hotel, hostel, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartment, home, cottage or bungalow, campsite, caravan park or boarding house, must cease to carry on that business during the emergency period.”

The Scottish Government said lawbreakers can be fined up to £10,000 by police, and closed down.

An Edinburgh councillor calles this “totally irresponsible behaviour from the landlords concerned. Ignorance of the law is no excuse – they should know the rules.”

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