PEOPLE living in North Ayrshire are being urged to share their views on the regulation of short-term holiday lets through companies such as Airbnb in the area.

The changes come after the Scottish Government approved a mandatory licensing scheme for short-term lets earlier this year.

From October 1, new owners and hosts of short-term lets will be banned from letting out properties if they don't have a licence.

Pre-existing hosts will have to apply for a licence by April 1, 2023.

The new legislation will affect owners of self-catered properties, B&Bs and guest houses, as well as those who rent houses, flats, and rooms.

Councillor Eleanor Collier, chair of North Ayrshire's licensing committee, said: “Anyone who rents out accommodation is likely to be affected so I would urge them to have a look at our draft policy and let us know their views.

“We would appreciate and welcome all comments from operators, residents, visitors and interested groups during the consultation process.”

Arran and Cumbrae are the areas in North Ayrshire which are most affected by short-term letting because of their popularity with holidaymakers.

The consultation will be open to the public until September 9 at midday.

You can access and comment on the draft policy here.