“We have received correspondence from Mr McLennan dated 5 June 2023 and from the Directorate for Local Government and Housing dated 22 June 2023, respectively.
The letters contain similar reasons for not utilising the Anti-Social Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 (“the 2004 Act”) to regulate the short-term let sector as is the case for the long-term let sector. To address three of the stated reasons:
1. The ability for local authorities to add additional conditions.
2. That the 2004 Act doesn’t incorporate the same level of provision as the 1982 Act, and that a licence represents assurance to guests that they can have confidence in the safety status of the accommodation.
3. The provision relating to enforcement wouldn’t be at the same level.
We anticipate an announcement from the Wales Government at the beginning of July that they are to introduce a ‘licensing’ scheme which is in fact in line with proportionate registration: a centralised, low cost register with self-certification for mandatory health & safety conditions and spot checks. The UK Government is currently consulting on a similarly proportionate registration scheme for England which would have similar requirements. Why is it that in Scotland, the risk is deemed so much higher that the licensing scheme as it stands is required? Where is the evidence to necessitate this incredibly heavy-handed approach?
A national, mandatory registration scheme would:
We would welcome the opportunity to discuss these matters urgently to understand the reluctance of the Scottish Government to address the real concerns identified by industry, and meaningfully consider the viable solution presented. We would also be grateful for clear answers to the questions raised above.”