A PUBLIC consultation is due to take place on new legislation on short-term rentals in the Highlands. The online consultation will include local communities, businesses and the public and will focus on Highland Council’s draft policy statement on the new mandatory short-term rental licensing scheme, which is due to come into effect on October 1. The licensing scheme will apply to a wide range of accommodation, including self-catering properties, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, glamping pods and yurts.
The licensing scheme was put in place by the Scottish Government to ensure security for short-term rentals, to solve problems faced by neighbours, to help local authorities know and understand what is happening in their area and to deal complaints effectively. It also allows local authorities to ensure that people offering short-term rentals are suitable.
Consultation on the draft policy and proposed additional terms for short-term rentals runs until Friday, August 5, 2022 and the link to participate can be found on the home page of the council’s website or on the page – https://www.highland.gov.uk/license-stl
Feedback from the consultation will be presented and discussed at the Highland Licensing Committee meeting on September 6, 2022, where members will finalize their policy statement.
The chairman of the committee, Councilor Sean Kennedy, said: “Due to a change in legislation, all local authorities are required to open a licensing scheme for short-term rentals by October 1 this year.
“The legislation aims to ensure that the economic and tourism benefits of short-term rentals are balanced with the needs and concerns of local communities.
“This will be a significant change for anyone renting accommodation, so I encourage people to review the draft policy and give us feedback before the consultation ends.”