The new legislation means it is a criminal offence to let out properties in Scotland on a short-term basis to third parties for commercial consideration without a licence granted by the local authority (unless any exceptions or exemptions apply).

How do I apply and when is the deadline?

A new licensing scheme is coming into force in Scotland to regulate short-term lets. The scheme requires hosts of self-catering accommodation to have a licence in place to accept bookings and welcome guests. This article explains who needs to apply for a licence, when the deadlines are, and how to apply.

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Planning permission, control areas, and mandatory conditions

As the licensing scheme for short-term lets came into force in Scotland on 1 October 2022, hosts need to understand the various conditions they must meet to obtain a licence.

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What are temporary licences and temporary exemptions?

The third instalment in our series covering the new short-term letting regulations in Scotland looks at temporary licences and temporary exemptions within the licensing scheme, with additional information on possible lengths, conditions and application processes.

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Staying compliant – what are the consequences of getting it wrong?

Following the introduction of Scotland's short-term let licensing, hosts must navigate the complex series of conditions and rules to continue operating their business. Our previous articles have explained who needs to apply for a licence, the conditions that must be met, and the temporary measures available. It is important for hosts to understand the consequences of failing to comply with any of the rules we have explored. This article explains the consequences of getting it wrong.

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