Legislation on the horizon to control short-term letting

LOCAL authorities can expect to be handed powers to control the letting of homes on a short-term basis (for instance, to holiday makers), courtesy of legislation to be considered by the Scottish Parliament.

According to an announcement from the Scottish Government, here: “Councils will be given powers to ensure short-term lets are safe and meet the needs of their local communities under legislation laid before the Scottish Parliament.”

The Parliament has a majority of SNP/Scottish Greens MSPs, who, together, form the Scottish Government.

The announcement continues: “Under the legislation, all local authorities will be required to establish a short-term lets licensing scheme by October 2022.

“Existing hosts and operators will have until 1 April 2023 to apply for a licence for each property that they operate as a short-term let. All short-term lets in Scotland will have to be licensed by 1 July 2024.”

The announcement adds: “The legislation was developed after residents across Scotland raised significant concerns about the impact of short-term lets on their communities, including noise, anti-social behaviour and the impact on the supply on housing in some areas.

“It will ensure the needs and concerns of communities are balanced with wider economic and tourism interests.”

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