Proposed extension short term lets licences in Ross-shire
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Highland Council has said that the Scottish Government has confirmed its proposal to formally amend legislation, in order to extend the deadline for existing short term let hosts to apply for their license.
The proposal will extend the date by which existing hosts must apply for a short-term let licence, from 31 March 2023 to 30 September 2023.
The Scottish Government confirmed this is one-off, six month extension and it does not change the timescales local authorities have to determine licence applications which, for existing hosts, remains at 12 months.
The proposals do not affect new operators (i.e. those who were not operating their property as a short-term let property prior to 1 October 2022). These new operators will still require a short-term let licence in order to accept bookings and receive guests.
The Scottish Government plan to bring their proposals before the Scottish Parliament in January 2023.