Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is reminding hosts and operators of the new short-term let licensing scheme.
From 1 October 2022, all short-term let accommodation will need a licence, unless specifically excluded. This will ensure there is a mandatory set of standards that apply to all short-term lets across Scotland.
The new licence is a legal obligation, even if hosts occasionally let out a spare room or sub-let while on holiday for example.
Existing hosts (those that have received guests before 1 October 2022) have until 1 April 2023 to apply for a licence. Hosts can continue to offer lets until their application has been determined.
From 1 October 2022 all new hosts need to apply for, and obtain, a licence before they accept bookings and welcome guests.
Hosts and operators in the Outer Hebrides can apply for a licence or get further information through the Short Term Lets Licensing webpage.