Private rented housing

The private rented sector has grown within East Ayrshire and now accounts for almost 7% 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.

We are currently updating both the guidance for private landlords and the guidance for private tenants. These guides will provide all the information tenants and landlords need to know in relation to tenancy agreements, their rights and responsibilities, safety, antisocial behaviour, landlord registration and lots of other useful information and will be available for download soon.

Landlord registration - consultation on registration fee structure

The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation seeking your views on expanding the information provided by those who apply to be a registered landlord and on changes to the current application fee structure.

Local authorities have the power to decide who can legally operate as a private landlord. They also have a role in providing advice and support to help landlords meet the requirements of registration and in taking action to deal with those who cannot or will not comply.

The consultation includes proposals to make the application process more robust so that the local authorities can make better informed decisions about who can be approved to operate as a landlord. Additionally , the consultation includes proposals for reviewing the landlord registration fee structure, which has remained largely unchanged since 2006.

The overarching aim of the consultation is to help develop policy that strengthens the system of landlord registration in a proportionate way and that helps to improve standards of property condition and management in the private rented sector.

How to comment

The consultation can be accessed via the Scottish Government's website.

Consultation is an essential part of the policy-making process and we encourage you to let us know what you think. Following the closing date (Thursday 7 June 2018) all responses will be analysed and used along with any other available evidence to finalise any policy changes. 

Empty home exhibition

Date: Wednesday 22 August 2018
Time: 5pm - 8pm
Venue: The Grand Hall, Kilmarnock KA3 7AA

An Empty Homes Exhibition has been arranged by East Ayrshire Council in partnership with North and South Ayrshire Council to assist empty homes owners bring their properties back into use by providing advice and assistance and options available to owners.

There will be stalls available and presentations on the evening.

Next pan ayrshire private landlord conference

Date: Saturday 17 November 2018
Venue: St Joseph's Academy, Grassyards Road, Kilmarnock, KA3 7SL
Time: To be confirmed

Further details on the event will be published in due course.

Finding a property

The Private Landlord Public List provides contact details for a number of private landlords in the area and may help you to find a suitable property.  If, as a tenant, you would like a copy of the current Private Landlord Public List then please contact us. If you are a landlord and would like to be included on the public list then please complete a Private Landlord Public List Application 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
Civic Centre North
John Dickie Street
Telephone: 01563 554584
Telephone: 01563 554560
Telephone: 01563 554583 (Empty Homes Officer)
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