Switch from short-term to long-term lets in Edinburgh
Landlord advice: Long-term lets are basic necessities. Holiday lets are not.
COVID-19, in just a few weeks, drastically reduced demand for holidays lets and Airbnb-type of services in Edinburgh, in particular, and in Scotland, in general. Some holiday lets can be used by NHS staff transferred to fight the virus in hotspots (bigger cities like Edinburgh), but it will never replace the demand of around 4 million international visitors (2016 data).
When demand drops, prices follow: On 27.03.2020, there were dozens of beautiful Edinburgh properties available on Airbnb with prices starting at £22 per night. This amounts to £660 per month, if fully booked – including all utilities, council tax and fees.
Last week, we were approached by a landlord with around 10 holiday let properties – which were suddenly all empty. Many other investors in short-term let properties face a similar dilemma: stick to short-term lets a while longer, or switch to long-term lettings. In our opinion, long-term lets are a much safer bet these days
Coronavirus will not go away soon