Plans to organize in Glasgow after short-term holiday ‘explosion’

The public will be asked for their views on plans for a new scheme to regulate short-term leases in Glasgow.

The proposals are being submitted by the Glasgow City Council Licensing and Regulation Committee.

It’s a reaction to the “explosion” of short-term real estate amid concerns about its impact on neighborhoods.

Changes to legislation earlier this year allow local authorities to offer a licensing framework to landlords destined for short-term rental.

Under the scheme, restrictions can be placed on the number of people that can be accommodated in relation to the number of rooms available in the property.

It will also establish a requirement to meet fire, gas and electrical safety standards and seek to apply the appropriate person test for license holders.

As part of the changes to the law, it would also be illegal to operate a short-term lease without a license.

A policy has been proposed that would also establish a complaints process for neighbors and tenants.

In addition, general liability insurance must be in effect for the duration of any rental.

Licensees are expected to act reasonably in connection with the maintenance of the common areas of the property.

Councilor Alex Wilson, chair of the committee, said the policy sets out “basic standards” that hosts must be able to meet.

“Online bookings for short periods have changed where people reside for their holidays and made it easier for property owners to participate in the rental market,” he said.

But this short-term explosion also directly affects those who live in neighboring properties and can affect their quality of life if the rent is poorly managed.

“This policy project is an attempt to correct the balance and give other residents some relief that short-term permitting of their relatives or community will be operated safely and appropriately.

“The policy sets the basic standards that any reasonable host should be able to achieve and thus provide reassurance to nearby residents, but also to those who rent the property.

“But it is critical that this policy is developed jointly with society as a whole.”

He added, “We will seek direct opinions from a range of stakeholders, but our consultation on this issue will be open to all. We urge anyone with an interest in this matter to contribute their opinion.”

“Full details of how to respond to the consultation will be announced in due course.”

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