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New Regulations on Short-Term Lets in Scotland

The topic of short-term lets in Scotland has been the subject of debate for a while.

Some claim that the increasing number of short-term lets in certain areas is blocking property being bought and used as homes for local people.

In January this year, after a number of years of discussion, the Scottish Parliament approved legislation which requires hosts and operators of short-term and holiday lets in Scotland to apply for a licence.

The licensing scheme includes new mandatory safety requirements that will cover every type of short-term let to ensure a visitor’s safety. It will also give councils the discretion to apply further conditions to address the concerns of local residents.

Local authorities have until 1 October 2022 to establish a licensing scheme in their area. Fees to apply for a licence are uncapped under the government’s plans, with individual local authorities able to set their own rate.

Existing hosts and operators of short-term and holiday lets must have applied for a licence by 1 April 2023 in order to keep operating. All short-term and holiday lets must be covered by a licence by 1 July 2024

If you operate short-term lets, holiday, Airbnb or similar lets, you should check the Scottish Government’s licencing guidance . You may also find the news section of the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) website helpful.

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