Regulating the private sector
Various measures regulate the private rented sector to ensure letting agents, landlords and properties meet certain standards
Part 8 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 states that from April 2006, it is an offence for the owner of a house to let it unless they are registered with the local authority.
To be placed on the register, the owner and any agent they use, must be considered a fit and proper person to let residential property. This will be a judgement by the local authority for individual landlords and the Scottish Government for letting agents, in light of the balance of relevant information. The houses being let will also require to be listed but they do not need to be inspected and the register does not include information on individual tenancies.
The process has been designed to be as easy as possible to minimise the impact on good landlords and letting agents and avoid duplication of processes where a landlord operates in more than one area or holds a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence.
For further information please see our landlord registration frequently asked questions .
Landlord registration process
Individual landlords should register online at Landlord Registration Scotland (please note you must log out of the Landlord Registration Scotland website when you are finished). You will receive a 10% discount for registering online. Alternatively download Landlord Registration Application, complete and return with the required payment to the Private Sector Housing Unit (PSHU). If you require any further advice or assistance contact the PSHU the details given below.
Regulation and registration of letting agents
As of 31 January 2018 all letting agents operating in Scotland must comply with the Letting Agent Code of Practice. The Scottish Letting Agent Register is now open for applications from letting agents. All letting agents in Scotland must have applied to register with Scottish Ministers before 1 October 2018.
Further information on letting agent registration, including how to apply, is available at letting agent registration