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.

Legionella Risk Assessment

UK wide law states that property owners must regularly check their water systems for any risk of Legionella. A risk assessment is the easiest way to complete this, as it can be done via a simple test.

More information can be found here.

Scottish Expert Advisory Panel.

Gas Safety

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.

More information can be found here.

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations.

Fire Safety

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.

More information can be found here

Fire Safety Scotland Regulations 2006

Fire Scotland Act 2005

Electric Safety

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 illustrates that all electrical ports and devices are subjected to intermittent review and testing. Since December 2016, landlords require an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) for all rented properties. This assessment does not cover self-catering. Nevertheless, the Scottish Expert Advisory Panel maintains that all holiday let owners maintain their electrical to a safe standard for guests to use.

This panel also advises for PAT testing every 12 months.