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Businesses across Inverclyde are being reminded they have just a few weeks to apply for the Scottish Government’s short-term let licensing scheme.

The legislation was developed by the Scottish Government in response to concerns raised by residents and communities about the impact of short-term lets on their local communities, including noise, anti-social behaviour, and the impact on the supply of housing in some areas.

It's estimated there are around 100 short-term let operators in Inverclyde and the local authority is urging those who have not yet applied to the licensing scheme to do so soon before the October 1 deadline.

In a bid to encourage businesses to apply and speed up the process, it has agreed to accept and register for consideration short-term let applications, pending an application for planning permission.

This is an amendment to previous rules. Businesses that have been running short-term lets from before October 2022 are subject to transitional arrangements.

Providing a valid short-term let application is submitted by 1 October 2023, they can continue operating while their short-term let application is being considered.

Existing operators who started trading after October 2022 do not qualify for the transitional arrangements.

New short-term letting operators can only begin trading once they receive a full licence. 

To make an enquiry about the scheme and access an application form, click here.

Any businesses looking for support to apply can contact Bowman Rebecchi.

This article appeared in the Greenock Telegraph.