Short term lets
The Scottish Government has introduced Short Term Lets Licensing under legislation approved by the Scottish Parliament in January 2021.
What this means
All short-term let properties in Scotland will require a license. This is to ensure they are safe and the people providing them are suitable. The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) Order 2022 came into law on 1 March 2022.
There will be four types of Short Term Lets Licenses:
- secondary letting - a short-term let involving the letting of property where you do not normally live
- home letting - using all or part of your home for short-term lets whilst you are absent
- home sharing - using all or part of your own home for short-term lets whilst you are there
- home letting and home sharing - hosts principal home
What we are doing
The licensing scheme will require all licensed short-term lets to comply with mandatory conditions which will apply across Scotland. Dumfries and Galloway Council will check that the premises are compliant with all conditions.
- Dumfries & Galloway Council will establish a Short Term Lets Licensing Scheme by 1 October 2022
- Existing hosts and operators will have until 1 April 2023 to apply for a license
- All short-term let properties will require a license by 1 July 2024
- Guidance for Hosts and Operators
- Supplementary Guidance for Licensing Authorities, Letting Agencies and Platforms
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