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Angry protesters say Holyrood ignoring problem

posted 27 Jul 2009, 04:15 by David Rintoul   [ updated 27 Jul 2009, 04:30 ]

The Scottish Government has been accused of ignoring the problem of Edinburgh's "party flats" after the issue was left out of a consultation document on new housing legislation.

Residents plagued by stag and hen groups who take flats in the Capital for riotous weekends have been campaigning for a crackdown on the landlords who can make up to £600 a night from the rentals.

They presented a petition to the Scottish Parliament and received a sympathetic response from MSPs when they spelled out how their lives are being made a misery.

But although the government's consultation on its forthcoming Housing Bill covers landlord registration and the licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), it makes no mention of party flats.

Edinburgh Central Labour MSP Sarah Boyack today criticised Housing Minister Alex Neil for the omission.

She said: "It beggars belief that after a petition signed by 302 people and cross-party agreement on the need to stop the suffering caused by party flats, Alex Neil has completely ignored the Housing Bill's potential to help.


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