Hosts who were already occupying a short-term rental prior to October 2022 have until October this year to apply for a license.
Short-term ads include home posts like Airbnb, or anyone who lets their house out while they’re not around.
The new regulation also includes the rental of entire premises, such as full-time self-catering holiday cottages, as well as hosts in charge of B&Bs and guesthouses.
New legislation introduces mandatory standards for all short-term tenancies across Scotland.
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This includes ensuring there is valid premises and general liability insurance at the property, arranging an electrical safety check and completing a Legionella risk assessment.
The new license aims to help protect the positive reputation of Scottish hospitality and trust between visitors and local communities.
The tourism sector makes a significant contribution to the Scottish economy – in 2019 there were around 17.3 million overnight visitors to Scotland, and they spent £5.7 billion.
New hosts from October 2022, who wish to set up and operate a short term rental for the first time, are required to apply and obtain a license before they can accept reservations or receive guests.
Hosts will also be required to pay an application fee for a license, but the fee will usually vary depending on the location, size, and type of property.
They can continue to work while their applications are determined by Glasgow City Council. Housing Minister Shona Robison said: “While short-term letting brings benefits to hosts, visitors and the Scottish economy, they need to be balanced with the needs of residents and local communities.
“We are taking action to ensure that all short-term permits are secure and that local authorities have the powers to handle local issues.
“A key component of our licensing plan is a mandatory set of safety standards, which many hosts will already follow as a matter of compliance with current law or best practice.
“I encourage those existing hosts who have not yet done so to apply well in advance of the extended deadline to join the growing number of licensed premises in the sector.
“This will not only ensure the safety of guests and the wider community, but will also help maintain Glasgow’s reputation as a welcoming and responsible destination for visitors.”
Councilor Alex Wilson, Licensing and Regulation Commission Regulator, Glasgow City Council said: “Online booking has led to a rapid expansion of short-term lettings, changing the holiday experience for many, but if renting is poorly managed it can seriously Affect the quality of life of residents in neighboring homes.
“Having a proper licensing regime for short-term rentals provides important safeguards for those who live next to these properties and for those who rent them out.
“The licensing regime ensures that short-term rental properties are operated safely and appropriately and sets basic standards that any reasonable host must be able to meet.
“We want to provide reassurance to neighboring residents and those on short-term letting that there is proper oversight and control over these properties in Glasgow.”
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