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The party’s over for party flats
New legislation has been laid before the Scottish Parliament, aimed at tackling the phenomenon of “party flats” let out for stag and hen parties. Amendments to the Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004 are expected to become law by late March and will enable local authorities to issue Antisocial Behaviour notices to owners of such flats.
If initial engagement with the landlord fails, the plan is to give local authorities more power to apply conditions, including a limit on the number of people allowed in the property at one time, improvements to security and even some form of supervision.
Housing and Communities Minster Alex Neil said: "Antisocial behaviour linked to a party flat can be hugely disruptive to residents. That is unacceptable.
"When it does occur it can cause misery for many people. That is why this Government has decided to introduce a change in the law that will increase powers available to councils to deal with the problem."
Councillor Paul Edie, Chair of the Edinburgh Community Safety Partnership, said:
"The Council has made significant progress in tackling antisocial behaviour and I welcome the introduction of powers which will hold landlords of 'Party Flats' accountable for Antisocial behaviour caused by their clients.
"The Council supports this order introduced by the Scottish Government. Residents of the City are entitled to live without the fear and nuisance caused by antisocial behaviour."