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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is reminding hosts and operators of the start of the new short-term let licensing scheme from today (1 October 2022) 

Now all short-term let accommodation needs a licence, unless specifically excluded, even if hosts occasionally let out a spare room or sub-let while on holiday for example.

This will ensure there is a mandatory set of standards that apply to all short-term lets across Scotland.

Existing hosts (those that have received guests before 1 October 2022) have until 1 April 2023 to apply for a licence.

Hosts can continue to offer lets until their application has been determined. 

From 1 October 2022 all new hosts need to apply for, and obtain, a licence before they accept bookings and welcome guests.

Hosts and operators in the Outer Hebrides can apply for a licence or get further information through the Comhairle website at