Measures to establish consistent standards across the country
A new licensing scheme for short-term let hosts opens from today (1 October), aiming to ensure consistent safety standards while reinforcing the positive reputation of Scottish tourism and hospitality.
The licensing scheme was developed in response to concerns raised by residents about the impact of short-term let properties on their local communities. It gives councils flexibility to develop licensing schemes that meet local needs, and sits alongside powers for councils to establish short-term let control areas.
To comply with the licence, hosts will be required to meet a set of mandatory conditions which apply across Scotland, plus any additional conditions set by their council.
Anyone operating as a host before 1 October has until 1 April 2023 to apply for a licence and can operate until their application has been determined.
New hosts must obtain a licence before accepting bookings and welcoming guests to stay.
A targeted digital marketing campaign to promote the licensing scheme also launches today.