From 1 October 2023 you must have a licence before you offer short-term lets. You must have a licence before you can take bookings or recieve guests
Operating without a short-term let licence is a criminal offence. You could get a fine of £2,500 and be banned from applying for a licence for a year. You would not able to offer lets during this period.
If you used your accommodation as a short-term let before 1 October 2022 and you applied for a short-term let licence before 1 October 2023, you can continue offering lets while your application is being processed.
Types of short-term let licence
There are 4 types of licence:
'home sharing' means you rent out all or part of your own home while you’re living there
'home letting' means letting all or part of your own home while you’re not there, for example while you're on holiday or swapping your home with another (home exchange)
'secondary letting' means letting a property where you do not normally live, for example a second home or holiday let
'home letting and home sharing' means you let out all or part of your own home both while you are living there and also at times when you're not there
Check the type of short-term licence you need
Use our tool to find out what kind of licence you need and how to apply.
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