Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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.

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 on the Shelter website.  

Free matchmakers event

Unfortunately due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19 we have had to cancel the Property Matchmakers Event scheduled to take place on Wednesday 29 of April 2020 at the Park Hotel. This will be rearranged for later in the year. We will update you soon as possible.

Changes to landlord registration fees

Fees for landlord registration are increasing from 1 April 2020 as follows:

  • Principal Fee: £65, increasing to £66 from 1 April 2020
  • Property Fee: £15 (per let property)
  • Late Application Fee: £130, increasing to £132 from 1 April 2020

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 Landlord Registration Scotland Fee Changes .  

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+ 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.

The next Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway joint private landlord conference has not yet been scheduled due to the ongoing coronavirus, however when details are confirmed these webpages will be updated accordingly and an email sent to all our registered landlords.

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 Liz King on the details given below.

Finding a property

If you are looking for accommodation in the private rented sector the Private Landlord Public List 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 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
Ashley Muir, Private Sector Assistant: 07785 446 275
Liz King, Private Sector Development Officer: 07785 445 835
Gemma Wilks, Private Sector Clerical Assistant: 07785 446 298
Civic Centre North
John Dickie Street
Kilmarnock
KA1 1HW
Telephone: 01563 554400