Number of short term let properties returned to residential use

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Dear City of Edinburgh Council,

Following Cllr Adam McVey's plea to short term let and "Airbnb" owners to return their properties to residential use, I am looking for information on how many short term lets have been returned to residential use since 5th July 2020.

Yours faithfully,

Lauren Gilmour

City of Edinburgh Council

Ms Lauren Gilmour

Our ref: 28681

Dear Ms Gilmour

Acknowledgement of Request

Subject: Number of short term let properties returned to residential use

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 27/07/2020. In your request you asked for the following;

Following Cllr Adam McVey's plea to short term let and "Airbnb" owners to return their properties to residential use, I am looking for information on how many short term lets have been returned to residential use since 5th July 2020.

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Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

City of Edinburgh Council

Ms Lauren Gilmour

[FOI #679826 email]

Our ref: 28681

Dear Ms Gilmour

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Information not held

Subject: Number of Short-term Let Properties Returned to Residential Use

Thank you for your request for information of 27/07/2020 where you asked the following:

Following Cllr Adam McVey's plea to short-term let and 'Airbnb' owners to return their properties to residential use, I am looking for information on how many short-term lets have been returned to residential use since 5th July 2020. (Up to 27/07/2020)

Your request has been processed under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with the information requested because it is not held by the Council.

There is no requirement for a short-term let or 'Airbnb' owner to advise the Council that they are returning their properties to residential use.

Please note that this letter constitutes a notice under section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

To promote transparency and accountability, please note it is the Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under the freedom of information legislation. This information will be made available through the Council’s website and will not include your personal details. The disclosure log is available at the following link: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homepage/175...

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Yours sincerely

Iain Burden
Information Rights Officer

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk