The private rented sector has grown within East Ayrshire and now accounts for almost 11% of the local housing market.

We have a dedicated Private Sector Housing Unit (PSHU) to deal with issues surrounding the private sector and provide housing advice and assistance to all private sector residents, tenants and landlords in East Ayrshire.

If you would like further information on either you rights and/or responsibilities as a private sector landlord or a private sector tenant then please contact the PSHU.

As a private sector tenant you can also find further information at Shelter Scotland: A guide to renting privately in Scotland.

Changes to landlord registration fees

Current fees for landlord registration are below:

  • Principal fee: £68
  • Property fee: £16 (per let/registered property)
  • Late application fee: £137

Discounts are available for:

  • landlords who own properties in more than one local authority area
  • joint owners
  • landlords who have a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) licence
  • scottish charities

If you would like further information on this then please visit renting your property out.

Private landlord conference

The fourth Ayrshire wide landlord conference was hosted by South Ayrshire Council and also, for the first time included Dumfries and Galloway Council. The event took place on Saturday 2 November 2019 and was extremely well attended with 100 plus landlords not including stalls holders and speaker.

John Blackwood from the Scottish Association of Landlords discussed the Private Residential Tenancy and other upcoming changes in the Private Rented Sector, Landlord Accreditation Scotland covered a variety of training opportunities available to registered landlords and letting agents.

All private landlord forums and conference have been postponed for the time being.  If you have any questions or require any information then please contact the PSHU. 

Missing shares scheme

We have introduced two new schemes to help landlords and property owners. A ‘missing share’ scheme has been established that will allow the Council to meet the missing share of the costs for communal repair work where the majority of landlords/owners are in favour of the work being undertaken.  This will then allow the work to proceed and thereafter the council will take a charge against the property and the owner will incur additional legal and administration fees.

We also have grant funding available to owners who would like to change the use of a commercial property to provide residential accommodation.

For further information on any of these schemes please contact Dawn Cadwell on the details below.

Finding a property

If you are looking for accommodation in the private rented sector the Private Landlord Public List (PDF 222Kb) it can provide you with contact details for a number of private landlords in the area and may help you to find a suitable property. 

If you are a landlord and would like to be included on the public list then please complete a  Private Landlord Public List Application (PDF 357Kb) and return it to us.

You can also contact us for further information and advice on renting in the private sector.

Contact Information

Private Sector Housing Unit direct numbers
Karen Walker, Private Sector Manager: 07469 406 300
Dawn Cadwell, Private Sector Assistant: 07785 446 115
Christine Thomson, Private Sector Assistant: 07785 446 120
Lauren Seaman, Private Sector Assistant: 07785 446 275
Gemma Wilks, Private Sector Clerical Assistant: 07785 446 298
Civic Centre North
John Dickie Street
Telephone: 01563 554400