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Rettie Short Lets manage and let a wide range of properties.  We specialise in corporate short lets with a minimum booking of 1 month. Our guests are from the corporate sector from employers looking to home employees on a short term contract to private individuals seeking short term accommodation whilst in between house moves or renovation works.

We also specialise in providing high-quality accommodation during the Edinburgh Festival, counting many of the production companies amongst our returning client base.


Short-term lets in Edinburgh

If you operate short-term let accommodation in Edinburgh you now need a licence under new Scottish Government legislation. If the property is a second home or investment property you are also required to apply for planning permission to operate your short-term let. The whole of the City of Edinburgh Council area has been designated as a short-term let control area. The designation came into effect on 5th September 2022. The legislation has been created to make sure all accommodation meets the correct safety standards.

If you had been a short-term let host or operator before 1st October 2022, you must have submitted a licence application before the 1st October 2023 to continue operating while your application was being processed. If the property was a second home or investment, you would have also needed to apply for planning permission or a certificate of lawfulness.

If you are a new short-term let host or operator, or had missed the deadline of 1st October 2023 to apply, you are required to submit a license application and wait on the license being issued before you start operating.


Types of Licenses:
  • Home Sharing & Home Letting (the letting of your own home/ part of your home)
  • Secondary Letting (the letting of a second home or investment property)
  • Temporary License (the letting of a property for a 6 week period within the year)


Contact our Short Lets team should you wish to discuss your short term rental requirements.

Featured Properties

  • All the staff at Rettie Short Lets were first rate for our Festival Let. They were thorough in their marketing and follow-up and always kept our needs as landlords in mind. Would highly recommend.

    Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Private Landlord
  • For several years Rettie Short Lets have provided a great variety of properties to the Pleasance. Each has been uniquely suited in style, location and budget in accordance with the tenants' equally specific requirements. The team are always helpful in rooting out gems within the madness of the festival property market.

    Hamish Corporate Client
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Specialists in Short Lets

We let and manage a diverse range of properties throughout the year, from one bedroom apartments, to family homes and student flats. Our sister company, Rettie & Co. are also one of Edinburgh’s leading long term letting agents. We can offer you support and guidance by discussing your individual circumstances to find you the perfect place.

If you are interested in renting out your property on either a short or long term basis, please contact us now for full details of our services and to arrange a property appraisal.

  • I've been dealing with Rettie Short Lets for 5 years now, they have reliably delivered early bookings of good tenants for us and are always a pleasure to deal with.

    Mark Private Landlord
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