The first AirBnb and short-term licensing system starts …

The first step in the UK to officially monitor Airbnb-style short rentals comes into effect on Saturday, October 1.

The Scottish Short-Term Licensing Ordinance comes into effect on this date and requires all councils in Scotland to have a functioning licensing system for Airbnb and other short-term rentals.

The licensing of short-term rental properties aims not only to protect existing communities in high-traffic areas through the management of short-term rental licenses, but also to ensure that an appropriate number is allocated and to provide local authorities with an understanding of activity in a particular area.

The Propertymark agent service has shown its support for the introduction of health and safety as part of the requirements put in place through the licensing system, as protection for those seeking short-term rental is all important.

Brian Moran, Propertymark’s Regional Director for Scotland, comments: “It is positive to see the Scottish Government taking proactive steps to ensure the safety of those renting short-term accommodation.

“Edinburgh in particular faces an overhaul of short-term rentals, licensing will now allow the local authority to control the numbers available in the capital and encourage longer-term rentals which are desperately needed to to compete with growing demand.”

However, Propertymark continues to seek clarification on the definition of a short-term rental to ensure the system works as intended.

In its response to the consultations, Propertymark proposes two changes to the Ordinance which would clarify that a vacation rental falls within the scope of the definition of a short-term rental and ensure that landlords providing multi-occupancy homes are not subject to duplicate licensing requirements.

Such a change to the HMO definition would have the added benefit of giving contract and transient workers the same health and safety rights as those residing full-time in shared rented property.

The full response can be read here:

Information from the Scottish Government on the announcement of the introduction of short-term rental licenses can also be read here:

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