Types of airbnbs in Edinburgh Old Town (West)

There are two main types of airbnb’s available in Grassmarket, Lawnmarket and the rest of the Western part of Edinburgh Old Town. They are private rooms and short term lets (entire homes). These are summarised separately in these screenshots from www.AirDNA.co

 

Private Rooms

Airbnb was set up in 2008 to help people advertise rooms in the homes they lived in. Most provide breakfast and are therefore run like bed and breakfasts.

20 (8%) of the airbnbs available in the Western part of Edinburgh Old Town (including Grassmarket and Lawnmarket) in August 2017 were private rooms available in homes where owners or tenants lived. They are represented as blue dots in the map.

This compares with 16% in the Eastern half of Edinburgh Old Town, 19% in all of Old Town and 42% all of the City of Edinburgh.

The Homes First report does not focus on private room airbnbs.

It is assumed that most private rooms pay the Council Charge, not Business Rates

 

 

Short Term Lets

211 (92%) of the airbnbs available in the Western part of Edinburgh Old Town (including Grassmarket and Lawnmarket) in August 2017 were private rooms available in homes where owners or tenants lived. They are represented as purple dots in the map.

This compares to 84% in the Eastern areas of Edinburgh Old Town, 81% in all of Old Town and 58% in all of the City of Edinburgh.

The Homes First report focussed exclusively on short term lets (entire home on airbnb)

It is assumed that some short term lets pay Business Rates and many opt for the Council Charge instead.

 

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