Short term lets - licensing scheme part 1: guidance for hosts and operators

Licensing guidance intended for hosts and operators of short-term lets in Scotland. There is also supplementary guidance for licensing authorities to which you can refer for more detailed information.

7. Glossary of terms

7.1. In this guidance, the following terms are used. Please note that this is not a complete list of terms used and defined in the Licensing Order[33]:

"the 1982 Act" means the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982;
"the Control Area Regulations" mean the Town and Country Planning (Short-term Let Control Areas) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/154);
"accommodation" means any building or structure, or any part of the building or structure, and includes rooms in a home, a whole home or something more unusual like a yurt or a treehouse;
"control area" means a short-term let control area designated following the process set out in the Control Area Regulations;
"dwellinghouse" means, for these purposes, an independent dwelling (with its own front door, kitchen and bathroom) such as a house, flat, cottage etc.;
"existing host" means a host or operator who has used their premises to provide short-term lets before 1 October 2022 and who will apply for a licence to continue the same use;
"guest" means a person occupying property for the purposes of a short-term let;
"home letting" means using all or part of your own home for short-term lets whilst you are absent;
"home sharing" means using all or part of your own home for short-term lets whilst you are there;
"host" or "operator" or "you" means a person or company providing property for short-term letting, including commercial landlords (note that the host may not be the owner or person who lives at the property);
"letting agency" means an organisation which facilitates the agreement between the host or operator and the guest for use of the property as a short-term let and which may additionally provide other services (marketing, bookings, queries, cleaning etc.);
"licensing authority" "mandatory conditions" means an authority responsible for running the licensing scheme, usually a council; means conditions which licensing authorities must apply across Scotland;
"neighbour" means, for our purposes, someone whose permanent residence is in close enough proximity to a short-term let to have a legitimate interest in its business, e.g. potentially affected by safety, noise, litter, nuisance;
"[your] own home" means [your] principal place of residence, the place where you normally live;
"platform" means an online letting agency;
"premises" means the property and land on one site, normally premises have their own postal address;
"secondary letting" means a short-term let involving the letting of property where you do not normally live, for example a second home;
"short-term let of a property" means the entering of an agreement between a guest and a host for the use of a property as residential accommodation by a guest in circumstances set out in Annex A[34];



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