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Concerns have been raised that a sharp rise in holiday lets in Edinburgh city centre is making it more difficult to find somewhere to live in the capital.

Research by the Scottish Green Party suggests that about half the homes in the EH1 postcode will be holidays lets by 2050.

They are calling for more regulation on short-term lets.

But others say the trend is boosting the local economy as more people holiday in Edinburgh.

Some home-owners have complained they can only afford to live in the area if they rent out their property at peak times.

Supplement pension

Margo Mason lives in a flat in Edinburgh’s New Town. She is one of a growing number of people who rent out their homes at busy times of the year.

The extra income enables her to stay living in the city centre.

“I needed to supplement my pension,” she said. “I didn’t have enough money coming in to live on. I could pay all my bills but I couldn’t buy food.

“The alternative would be that I would have to sell my house. I’ve been here 25 years, I don’t want to do that. So it enables me to stay here.”


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