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Review of the Short-Term Let Sector

Review of the Short-Term Let Sector

I hope this finds you well.

This survey is seeking insights to inform the Scottish Government and industry stakeholders regarding the new short-term let legislation for small tourism accommodation businesses. Short-term lets include self-catering units, B&Bs, un-licenced guest houses, glamping pods, yurts, etc.

We would appreciate just a few minutes of your time to provide us with essential baseline data on the scale and contribution of the short-term let sector.

Fiona Campbell, Chief Executive of the Association of Scotland’s Self Caterers, said: 

“The ASSC has always been committed to providing an evidence base to help better inform discussions around short-term letting. We are therefore thrilled that such a respected academic centre will now provide an independent review and baseline evaluation of the short-term let sector in Scotland.”

 “This is a subject of considerable importance with new licensing and planning regulations affecting the sector and as we look ahead to a sustainable, post-pandemic future for our industry.” 

“We would strongly encourage as many short-term let operators as possible to engage with the Moffat Centre as they take forward this valuable study.” 

Thank you in advance. 


The Scottish Government has announced its intent to licence all short-term lets in Scotland from 1 October 2022. The Scottish Government are also enabling local authorities to designate Planning Control Areas. 

The advent of licensing may impact negatively on the small accommodation sector and accordingly, an independent baseline analysis of the scale and importance of the sector is required. 

The sector has already been impacted by the Global Pandemic and restrictions on travel in an effort to control infection. However, the advent of licensing and planning control areas may adversely impact the sector in terms of operation, viability and survival. 

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers is asking all short-term let providers to complete this quick survey to help the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development develop a current (mid-2022) baseline analysis of the sector that will enable future comparisons based on the same metrics and indicators.

The survey should only take approximately 6 minutes to complete.

It is through data collected from these surveys that we can best inform and argue on behalf of the industry. 

It is therefore essential that we receive as many responses as possible to help us ensure that the sector's needs are being represented.

No sensitive material for individual businesses will be published.