THE Scottish Government is pushing ahead with plans to introduce council licences for short-term lets and Airbnb-style rentals.
Ministers want to tackle the growth of Airbnb-style rentals in popular tourist areas such as Edinburgh and will ask individual councils to set the requirements for granting a licence while allowing uncapped fees to cover the costs.
The scheme aims to ensure a minimum safety standard for the rental properties and hopes to achieve a greater balance between the needs and concerns of communities, and the economic and tourism benefits.
Hosts and operators have been also told the regulations could introduce “possible changes to taxation” in guidance issued ahead of any legislation coming into effect.
MSPs will have to debate and approve the proposed legislation, and the UK Government said it will release further guidance and information in early 2022.
Local authorities will each have to devise a licensing system for short-term rental properties by October next year, with all operators then required to apply for a licence by July 1 2024.
Existing Airbnb hosts and landlords of short-term rentals will have to obtain a licence by April 2023 under the proposed legislation put forward at Holyrood.
Scottish Government ministers want to tackle the growth of Airbnb-style rentals in popular tourist areas such as Edinburgh and will ask individual councils to set the requirements for granting a licence while allowing uncapped fees to cover the costs.
Housing Secretary Shona Robison said the proposed measures were the “next significant step” after introducing legislation to allow councils to impose short-term let control areas – although those powers have never been used.
Announcing that the proposal for licensing of short-term lets had been laid in parliament, Robison said: “We have already introduced legislation allowing councils to establish short-term let control areas and manage numbers of short-term lets.