ASAP, supported by the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) and UK Hospitality, Scotland are calling on the Scottish Government to remove aparthotels and professionally-managed serviced apartments from its proposed definition of short-term lets (STL) in the country.
Holyrood’s current consultation on short-term lets is coming to an end, a sector which it says is largely unregulated.
The letter outlines that hotels, hostels and guest houses are exempt from regulation, describing serviced apartments and aparthotels as more akin to these than Airbnb-type letting by hosts.
There are also fears around additional costs if operators have to license individual apartments within an aparthotel/serviced apartment building, which are already fully compliant with existing health and safety measures.
James Foice, ASAP CEO, commented: “The definition of STL in the Scottish Government consultation fails to recognise that aparthotel/managed service apartments are a distinct operation compared with independently owned private flats/housing rentals being targeted by the Scottish Government.
“We appeal to the Scottish Government to rethink this approach and to highlight the unintended consequences its proposals will have on aparthotel/managed serviced apartment operations.”