As expected this sector has come under increasing scrutiny and an announcement has been made in Parliament that the Scottish Government will introduce licencing for short term lets. At present the main focus has been on mandatory safety components with further conditions to be imposed on the overcrowding of properties and the effect on the local environment.
Local authorities will have the power to introduce short term let control areas within which planning consent will have to be given for the change of use of properties for the purpose of short term letting.
Also under review is the tax treatment of short term lets to ensure that they make a contribution to the areas they operate within.
The date for implementation is likely to be April 2021.
Any landlords seeking information about moving their properties to a long term let should contact Rentlocally for the most advantageous terms.