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First AirBnb and short let licensing system starts tomorrow

The first step within the UK to officially monitor Airbnb-style short lets comes into effect tomorrow, October 1.

Scotland’s Short-Term Lets Licensing Order takes effect on that date and requires all councils in Scotland to have an operational licensing system for Airbnb and other short lets.

Those hosts already letting their property have until April 1 2023 to apply and will need to prove that they used the property for short-term lets before October.


Licensing short term rental properties aims to not only protect existing communities in areas with high visitor numbers through the management of short-term let licences, but ensure an appropriate number are allocated and provide local authorities with an understanding of activity in a particular area.

The agents’ service Propertymark has shown its support for the introduction of health and safety as part of the requirements being put in place through the licensing system as protecting those seeking a short-term let is of upmost importance.

Brian Moran, Propertymark regional executive for Scotland, comments: “It is positive to see that the Scottish Government is taking proactive steps to ensure the safety of those renting short term accommodation.

“With Edinburgh in particular faced with an overhaul of short term lets, licensing will now enable the local authority to control the number available within the capital and encourage longer term rentals which are desperately needed in order to compete with growing demand.”

However, Propertymark continues to call for clarification on the definition of a short-term let to make sure that the system operates as intended.

In its consultations response, Propertymark proposes two amendments to the Order that would make clear that a holiday let falls within the scope of the definition of a short-term let and ensure that landlords providing Houses in Multiple Occupation are not subject to duplicate licensing requirements. 

Such an amendment to the HMO definition would have the additional benefit of affording contract and transient workers the same health and safety rights as those that reside in a shared rented property full-time.

The full response can be read here: www.propertymark.co.uk/resource/short-term-lets-licensing-in-scotland.html

The Scottish Government's information on the announcement of the introduction of short term let licensing can also be read here: https://www.mygov.scot/short-term-let-licences

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    I'm mid application. I have 2 properties in my portfolio that are destined for short term lets. This means for 1 of them a £600 planning application on top of annual licensing fees. Whilst I understand the sentiment of the new regulations it comes at a time when everything else is going against landlords and home providers. The fees are rediculous, the system which is meant to benefit the public should be funded from tax, just like any other public services.

    This, with the upcoming EPC regulation (singling out rented properties) rising interest rates, anti landlord taxes, rent and eviction restrictions and new tenant checks make me wonder what next.

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    Unfortunately all the main parties are communists. Britain is importing a jihadi army and giving them 4 star accomodation. Plus medical care, pocket money etc. Sturgeons constitutency has a big heroin problem. The future for ethnic British people is very bleak.

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    Peter. I suspected AirBnB was next following the attack on the Private Rented Sector causing many landlords to switch and AirBnB to explode, so because of the laws they made for us they have to make more laws on account of the first unjust laws they made, ?.
    Removing S 21 is the biggest blunder/ no fault evictions but only after end of Contract. When they signed a Contract they knew how long that was for whether 6 months or 6 years and even if they signed for a short term then with Periodic they could stay indefinitely subject to both parties agreement what could be fairer than that but Government don’t want it to be fair.
    Now that no fault ending is being removed from landlords rights and given to married couples instead no fault
    Divorce, to continue the escalating of single Parent Families to milk the Benefit system, now rampant and out of control well done, a quickie divorce should add enormously to the problem.


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