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Holiday accommodation including Airbnb

Holiday accommodation including Airbnb

The Coronavirus regulations require that a person who is responsible for the provision of holiday accommodation consisting of hotel, hostel, bed & breakfast accommodation, holiday apartment, home, cottage or bungalow, campsite, caravan park or boarding house, must STOP that business during the emergency period unless they meet certain exceptions.

These exceptions include (amongst others) providing accommodation for any person:

  • Unable to return to their main residence
  • To someone who uses this as their main residence
  • Needs accommodation when moving house
  • Needs accommodation to attend a funeral
  • needs accommodation while travelling for the purposes of work or to provide voluntary or charitable services, where it is not reasonably possible for the person to work, or to provide those services, from the place where they are living
  • To provide support services for the homeless
  • For any purpose requested by the Scottish Ministers or a local authority

But accommodation can be provided if it is in a holiday apartment, cottage, home or bungalow and is provided to only members of one household.  However, it must only be accessed without entering or moving across any communal areas and the toilet, cooking or washing facilities which are provided are not shared by anyone unless of the same household.  Accommodation can also be provided by a campsite or caravan park where the toilet, cooking or washing facilities (if provided in connection with the accommodation) are not shared with anyone unless of the same household to which the accommodation is provided.

An Airbnb business, like all accommodation providers, that does not fit into the above exceptions must not operate.  In addition, many Airbnb listings are for rooms in other people’s accommodation, and this type of scenario would be unlikely to meet the social distancing rules. 

If you want advice on the Coronavirus business restrictions, email ehealth@clacks.gov.uk.