The noose is tightening on the unregulated city Airbnb and other…

One of Britain’s biggest cities wants to regulate Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms.


The proposed scheme in Glasgow follows legal changes that allow local authorities to introduce a licensing framework for owners of properties intended for short-term rental.


While a number of types of property are exempted from inclusion in any licensing regime, the new legislation identifies property for secondary rental, home rental, home sharing or renting accommodation and sharing accommodation as eligible for the regulations.



The proposed scheme also sets possible limits on the number of people that can be accommodated in relation to the number of rooms available in a property; a requirement to meet fire, gas and electrical safety standards and seeks to apply a fit and proper person test to licensees.


Under the legislation, it would become an offense to operate a short-term rental without a license and the proposed policy also establishes a complaint process for neighbors and tenants.


Liability insurance should also be in place for the duration of any tenancy and permit holders should act reasonably with respect to the maintenance of common areas of a property.


Glasgow Labor Council’s draft policy also sets expectations for waste management and proposes that key boxes can only be attached to a property with prior written permission from the owners or the relevant authority .


Councilor Alex Wilson of the council said: “Online booking for short-term rentals has transformed where people stay for their holidays and has made it much easier for owners to engage with the rental market.


“But this explosion of short-term rentals also has a direct impact on the inhabitants of neighboring properties and can affect their quality of life if a rental is badly managed.


“This draft policy is an attempt to redress the balance and provide other residents with some assurance that short-term rentals in their loved one or community will be operated in a safe and appropriate manner.


“The policy sets basic standards that any reasonable host should be able to achieve and thus reassure neighboring residents, but also those who rent the property.


“But it is vitally important that this policy is developed in collaboration with the community at large. We will directly solicit views from a range of stakeholders, but our consultation on this matter will be open to all and we urge all person interested in this question to give their opinion.

According to the legislation, all council licensing authorities will be able to establish a regulatory regime from October 1 this year, with all short-term rentals to be licensed by April 1, 2024.


The operator of any short-term rental that existed before October 1, 2022 will have until April 1, 2023 to submit a license application.


Current planning policy in Glasgow states that flats used for short-term accommodation must have planning permission and license applications must be accompanied by proof that planning consent is in place. The building permit is not required for colocation, secondary rental of a house and rental of a house.



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