Short-Term Lets - Big Data and Policy

Tuesday 8 November 2022
10:00 - 13:00 (GMT)
The Studio, 67 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6AE

Join us at this UBDC / CaCHE joint hybrid workshop to discuss new regulations and the future of short term lets in Scotland.

A new licensing scheme for short-term lets came into effect in Scotland on 1 October 2022. Through the new scheme, the Scottish Government aims to 'ensure consistent safety standards while reinforcing the positive reputation of Scottish tourism and hospitality'. The change is also intended to address concerns raised by residents about the impact of short-term let properties on their local communities.

This conference is comprised of two sessions: the first will look at short-term lets using big data; while the second will focus on policy approaches and the regulation of short-term lets, within the broader context of reforms to the private rented sector in Scotland.


9:45 – 10:00 Registration and coffee

10:00 - 10:10 Welcome

10:10– 11:20 Understanding Short-Term Letting through Big Data

Tech, real estate, and hospitality: the consolidation of temporary rentals - Agustín Cocola-Grant, Marie Curie Fellow at the School of Geography, University of Leeds, and researcher at the Centre of Geographical Studies, University of Lisbon

Exploring the impacts of rising Short Term lets on Housing - Dr Yang Wang, Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow

11:20 – 11:40 Coffee

11:40 – 12:50 Policy Approaches for Short-Term Letting Panel

Prof Ken Gibb, Urban Studies, University of Glasgow (Chair)

Dr John Boyle, Rettie and Co.

Louise Dickens, Louise Dickens Edinburgh

Additional panellists TBC

12:50 – 13:00 Closing remarks


Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees.

This event is jointly organised by Urban Big Data Centre and UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence.