Short Term Lets Licensing Statistics Scotland to 31 March 2023

This statistical publication presents information on the number of short term lets licence applications received, granted and pending determination as at 31 March 2023, by type of let, type of property and other accommodation details, based on data collected from local authorities across the first two reporting quarters from 1 October 2022.

Key Points

  • Since the Short Term Lets Licensing Scheme opening to receive applications on 1 October 2022 there have been a total of 2,587 valid applications received by local authorities up to 31 March 2023, with 1,178 received during the quarter Oct to Dec 2022 and 1,409 received during Jan to Mar 2023.
  • Local authorities with the highest numbers of total valid applications received include Highland (920), Dumfries and Galloway (436) and Fife (300), which together account for almost two-thirds (1,656 or 64%) of all valid applications received up to 31 March 2023. There has been a relatively low number of applications for City of Edinburgh (90), Glasgow City (78), and other urban local authorities such as Aberdeen City (32) and Dundee (18).
  • Applications as a rate per 10,000 dwellings have been highest in Na h-Eileanan Siar (78 per 10,000 dwellings), Highland (75), Dumfries and Galloway (57) and Orkney (44), whilst there has been a relatively low rate of applications for City of Edinburgh (3.4), Glasgow City (2.4) and other urban local authorities such as Aberdeen City (2.6) and Dundee City (2.4).
  • Nearly all (2,569 or 99%) of the total 2,587 valid applications received up to 31 March 2023 have been for a full licence, with 9 (0.3%) being for a temporary licence and 9 (0.3%) being for a temporary exemption.
  • Information on the provisional or new status of the licence application, as per the quarter the application was received, is available for 2,046 (80%) applications of valid applications. Of these, 1,788 (87%) have been for provisional licences (i.e. applications from existing hosts) and 258 (13%) have been for new licences (i.e. applications from new operators/hosts or for properties previously unlet before 1st October 2022).
  • As at 31 March 2023, 1,625 (63%) of the 2,587 valid applications received were pending determination, 848 (33%) had been granted with no additional conditions, 102 (3%) had been granted with additional conditions, 12 (0.5%) had been withdrawn, and none had been refused, revoked, suspended or lapsed.
  • Of the 950 applications granted by 31 March 2023, 14 were decided in October to December 2022, and 936 were decided in January to March 2023.
  • Of the 2,587 total valid applications received by 31 March 2023, the majority (2,107 or 81%) relate to secondary letting (i.e. where a non-primary residence is let out), with 271 (10%) being for home sharing, 129 (5%) for home letting, and 80 (3%) for a mixture of home sharing and letting. A total of 1,094 (42%) applications were in relation to lets for detached houses, 379 (15%) for semi-detached houses, 289 (11%) for terraced houses, 577 (22%) for self-contained flats, and 248 (10%) for unconventional dwellings.
  • As at 31 March 2023 there were a total of 2,085 licences or exemptions in operation, consisting of 943 (45%) full licences, 1,135 (54%) provisional licences pending a final decision, 2 (0.1%) temporary licences, and 5 (0.2%) temporary exemptions.
  • Information on EPC rating is available for 51% (1,065) of the 2,095 licences or exemptions in operation. Of these the majority (79% or 839 licences) had a rating of band C, D or E, with 10% (106 licences) having the highest ratings of A or B, and 11% (120 licences) having the lowest ratings of F or G
  • Accommodation information has been provided for 96% (2,010) of the 2,085 licenses or exemptions in operation, equating to a total of 2,295 accommodation units. Information on the number of bedrooms was provided for all but 1 licence, totalling 5,640 bedrooms, whilst information on the maximum occupancy was provided for all but 3 licences, equating to a total maximum occupancy of 10,969 people.
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