22 March 2023
In February 2022, new short-term let legislation was passed in the Scottish Parliament, requiring all short-term let landlords to have a license as part of the Government’s plan to tackle the increase in the number of rental properties on rental platforms such as Airbnb. This new law came into effect on the 1st of October, with dates for applying for a license differing for new and existing operators.
Existing short-term operators
Initially, those who already provided short-term lets before the 1st of October 2022 were required to apply for a license by the 1st of April 2023. The Scottish Government has since extended this deadline, and existing short-term let operators now have until the 1st of October 2023 to apply for their license.
New operators who were not operational as of the 1st of October 2022 must apply for a license as soon as possible and do so before accepting bookings.
What requirements will all short-term lets need to follow?
There are several mandatory legal requirements that all operators must follow to gain a short-term let license:
While the deadline for existing operators to apply for licenses has been extended until the 1st of October 2023, your property may not currently be compliant with these requirements. Therefore, we are encouraging existing operators to act now, work through this list of requirements and instruct works as necessary, ensuring that all work is complete before submitting their applications, which must be in by October. It is important that existing operators don’t leave it too late and consider the availability of contractors and materials, which may be in short supply.
All hosts must operate and comply with a short-term license by the 1st of July 2024. Our team of Chartered Surveyors can assist you with your application and ensure you comply with the new legislation.