Health and Safety Regulations for Short-term Rentals
Scotland encourages short term holiday lets – they promote tourism throughout the country and sustain many small businesses. However, Scotland requires hosts to do this safely by ensuring that hosts, by law, adhere to certain regulations. This page is designed to give hosts a brief overview of the legal requirements by section, as well as give you links to the legislation that is currently in place.
The legislation is most clear in Scotland regarding gas safety. It outlines that all landlords, including short term let property owners, must have a gas safety check performed by a gas safe engineer. This gas safety certificate but be renewed annually to ensure that all gas appliances are safe to use.
Airbnb hosts have a legal responsibility to install smoke alarms of the current standard in the building and its premises before renting it. The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Fire Safety Regulations 2006 necessitates that any person with accountability for buildings must perform a fire risk assessment, take rational fire safety procedures to ensure the safety of others. There are further requirements for smoke alarms and heat sensors.