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Licence reminder for short term lets

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By Rufus Pickles
Licence reminder for short term lets

HOSTS of short-term let accommodation across Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to apply for a licence under Scotland’s short-term let licensing scheme.

The scheme aims to establish consistent standards of accommodation across Scotland for the benefit of visitors and communities.

It also helps councils address concerns such as increased congestion and community infrastructure investment, whilst balancing the associated economic benefits of tourism in the area.

Councillor Ian Blake said: “We would like to thank the businesses who have signed up so far and encourage others to do likewise before the October deadline.”

The deadline for existing hosts, which is anyone who operated a short-term let before October 1 2022, to apply for their short-term let license is before October 1 2023.

Housing Minister Paul McLennan said: “Short-term let accommodation plays an important role in Scotland’s economy, supporting our tourism and hospitality sector and allowing tourists and holiday goers somewhere to take them closer to the best Scotland can offer.

“There are less than two months to go until the 1 October deadline and so I would urge anyone who owns short-term let accommodation and has yet to apply to do so as soon as possible to ensure you can still take bookings and welcome guests from far and wide.”

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