The Scottish Government has introduced a licensing regime for short-term lets in Scotland. Anyone looking to operate a short-term let for the first time from 1 October 2022 will need a licence before they do so. Those who are already operating short-term lets before 1 October 2022 must apply for a licence by 1 October 2023 if they wish to continue doing so. It will be a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £2,500 to operate a short-term let without a licence. This is enforced by Police Scotland.
Existing short-term letting operators should consider the potential planning requirements as well as checking whether their property meets the required licensing standards. For those considering entering the short-term letting market, the additional cost of a licence and potentially planning permission should be taken into account. If buying a property, they should consider what information or evidence the seller might provide to allow short-term letting to continue, or indeed begin.
Legislation pertaining to Short-Term Lets:
The Scottish Government has provided guidance (updated June 2023):
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