Scotland’s Tourism Accommodation Register (STAR) is an innovative industry leading scheme designed to enable robust data capture of the Health & Safety Compliance of accommodation providers in Scotland. It also provides evidence of the scale of the sector.
STAR is a proportionate approach and appropriate for the whole of the Scotland.
ASSC members are required to register and provide a self-declaration for each property in their ownership or management.
Scottish Government deem the term Short-term letting (STL) (for both professional and amateur operators) to cover the traditional self-catering and B&B sectors in Scotland. STL has, and continues to have a positive impact for locals and visitors alike but it is considered to require regulation and a collaborative approach between providers, government and affected stakeholders to mitigate any issues.
Building on previous policy recommendations and engagement with the Scottish Government, the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) has set out a series of solutions to the main issues identified in the consultation process and which can assist the Scottish Government as they take forward the details of the scheme and help inform the regulations.
STAR seeks to support the Scottish Government’s commitment to regulate the short-term rental sector in Scotland. Overall, it aims to:
Members of the ASSC confirm their Commitment to Quality, the ASSC’s Quality Assurance scheme. This is enshrined in the ASSC Members Operating Agreement along with the Code of Conduct which signposts members to legal compliance and best practice. This is a self-regulatory scheme, which comes at no additional cost to members.
The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) launched its Code of Conduct in 2017, aimed at improving standards in the industry and encouraging best practice and we would strongly recommend a wider adoption of this Code of Conduct by short-term letting agencies, owners, managers and online platforms. The Code of Conduct signposts to legal compliance as well as best practice. It is a self-regulatory code in the same sense that the Highway Code is a self-regulatory framework for road users: highlighting legal compliance and best practice.
As an operator of any tourism accommodation, you should comply with both.