Under Part 8 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004, private landlords must apply for registration with their local authority. The local authority must be satisfied that they are fit and proper to be letting houses in order to register them. It is an offence to let a house without being registered, or applying for registration
Why was landlord registration introduced?
Registration has a number of aims. The scheme will enforce minimum standards in private renting and remove the worst landlords from the sector. It will enable tenants and neighbours to identify and contact landlords of private rented property. It will also provide information on the scale and distribution of the sector in Scotland for the first time, allowing local authorities to engage more effectively with landlords and tenants.
How do I benefit from registration?
Registration benefits various groups of people:
Landlords and agents
- gain a stamp of approval from the local authority, can market themselves to tenants/clients as fit and proper
- able to operate in a market without the unfair competition of bad landlords who provide poor housing or inadequate management
- able to identify and contact other landlords in neighbouring properties to organise common repairs
- able to contact the local authority for information and advice about good letting practice
- assured that their landlord (and agent) is fit and proper and meets their legal obligations
- able to identify and contact their landlord (or agent) using the public register
- able to use the public register to identify and contact landlords (or agents) of private rented property to organise common repairs
- assured that the local authority can contact the landlord and has additional powers to act if antisocial behaviour is occurring in a neighbouring rented property
- able to use the information on the private rented sector to plan properly for housing need in their areas
- gain a tool to drive out the worst landlords
- able to deal more effectively with situations where private landlords are failing to address antisocial behaviour in their properties