As you may be aware, the UK Government is currently considering if laws and regulations relating to short term letting in England need to change.
At this stage, the Government is holding a Call for Evidence, asking any individual or organisation with an interest in the sector to provide information that will help them to understand the market and consider whether further regulations are required. There is currently no confirmation that changes will be introduced, you do not need to make any changes at this time just keep following existing laws, regulations, guidance, and complying with your mortgage, insurance and other related documents. But if changes were implemented, they could ultimately have an impact on Theatre Accommodation in general.
You may wish to consider responding to the Call for Evidence on your own behalf to ensure that the Government is being provided with a full and accurate picture of how you, and to the extent you have knowledge of this, how the sector operates as the Government considers its future policy in these areas. Theatre Digs Booker will be responding too.
It is of course for you to decide whether to participate and how you should respond if you should choose to do so, but as this is an important topic, we wanted to ensure all our Hosts were aware and had the opportunity to consider a response.
We are in communication with Equity and UK Theatre regarding their input to this initiative and have already provided considerable data to these industry bodies to help inform them and offer support.
The Call for Evidence, and the specific questions being asked by Government can be found here and responses must be submitted by the 23.59 on 21st September 2022.
Importantly, no one is required to answer all questions and can instead focus on those areas where they have particular experience or insight.
We will update this page as news develops. In the meantime, please ensure all digs' Health and Safety information is accurate and up-to-date.
In response to the outcry from commercial accommodation providers, Fáilte Ireland's Welcome Standard was introduced a few years ago creating a single set of criteria that all short-term accommodation should adhere to.
In February 2022, the planning committee approved the proposal to proceed to designate the entire City of Edinburgh Council area as a Short-term Let Area of Control.
We are learning from these pilot schemes and asking the Theatre Industry to take part in discussions with relevant parties.
Do I need to submit a response to the Government?
No. There is no requirement to do this. It is entirely optional.
What do I need to do now?
Nothing. Any potential changes to short-term letting in England will likely take months or years to come into force and we will do our best to guide our Hosts through any changes if and when required to do so.
For now, simply carry on and perhaps double-check your Health & Safety section is up-to-date.
This only applies to Tourism and not Theatre Professionals, right?
No one knows for sure but Scotland's policy seems to include almost any room or space where a fee is charged in the scheme.
If you have any questions, in the first instance, please see the full Government guidance.
Click the '+' icon to raise a support ticket to ask any questions not already covered and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.