The Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004 requires Local Authorities to establish and maintain a register of private landlords. From 30th April 2006 landlords letting properties in Scotland should either be registered or have submitted a valid application for registration. It will be an offence to let a property, (unless it is exempt under the legislation) after this date without having either been registered or having submitted a valid application for registration.The aim of landlord registration is to ensure that all private landlords are "fit and proper" to be letting residential property. The requirement helps local authorities to remove disreputable landlords from the market and to protect tenants and their neighbours from the impact of antisocial behaviour and mismanaged property in the wider community.
Registration will be required for private landlords letting residential property in Scotland, unless all the houses they let are covered by one or more of the exemptions. Letting part of your home to 2 or fewer persons is exempt (i.e. resident landlords), as is a house let to the tenant of an agricultural holding or croft. Other exemptions include holiday homes, letting to members of the landlords own family and certain accommodation related to religious orders.
The following guides provide assistance when using www.landlordregistrationscotland.gov.uk.
- Completing a Valid Application
- How to check your registration
- How to check your agency's portfolio
- How to undertake a public search
- How to make an online application - Stage 1 Create a user account
- How to make an online application - Stage 2 Entering your personal details
- How to make an online application - Stage 3 Adding a let property
- How to apply for renewal online
For further information in relation to letting property including legal obligations please visit the Private Rented Sector information pages, www.betterrentingscotland.com, www.rentingscotland.org or the Housing and Property Chamber (formerly the Private Rented Housing Panel).
Advice in relation to the requirement to place deposits with an approved Tenancy Deposit Scheme can also be found on the Private Rented Sector pages - Tenancy Deposit Schemes.
If you require further technical assistance or guidance please
Tel: 01546 605519