Short-term lets - guidance for letting agencies and platforms and licensing authorities

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has published guidance for Scottish licensing authorities, letting agencies and platforms to help them implement and comply with licensing laws on short-term lets in Scotland.

The guidance should be read alongside the separate licensing guidance for hosts and operators.

The guidance is designed to help licensing authorities implement a licensing scheme in their area which is:

  • in line with the Scottish Government’s overall policy objectives for the licensing of short-term lets
  • customised to the licensing authority’s local policies and the needs and circumstances of their local area
  • efficient, effective and proportionate to the issues faced by residents and local communities in their area

It is also aimed at letting agencies and platforms to help them understand, comply with and support the Scottish Government and licensing authorities in implementing their licensing schemes. These businesses have an important part to play in making the schemes fully effective and in assisting with compliance and enforcement.

Topics covered include:

  • publicising the licence scheme
  • licence types and policies
  • setting licence fees
  • setting additional licence conditions
  • handling licence applications
  • complaints and enforcement
  • licensing data
  • other relevant legislation

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Scottish licensing authorities, letting agencies and platforms facilitating short-term lets in Scotland.

How long does this take?

It will take around 2 hours to read the full guidance.

Important information

Separate guidance is available for the short-term lets planning regulations. Hosts and operators must comply with both planning and licensing law.

This guidance is non-statutory and should not be interpreted as offering definitive legal advice. If in doubt, you should seek your own legal advice.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the guidance.

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