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Various questions surrounding private landlords: FOI release

Published: 18 Oct 2019

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
18 Oct 2019
Various questions surrounding private landlords: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/19/02260
Date received: 1 Oct 2019
Date responded: 15 Oct 2019
Information requested

What power does the Scottish Government have to bring unregistered landlords into line?
Would the Scottish Government consider changing the Registration Scheme to a national one so that a landlord need only register once?
How many private landlords there are in Scotland?
How many private landlords are registered with their local authority?

Response

What power does the Scottish Government have to bring unregistered landlords into line?
I can confirm that local authorities are responsible for enforcement of landlord registration. The Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 makes provision for a range of enforcement measures which can be applied to encourage unregistered landlords to comply. These include the use of late application fees and rent penalty notices. Landlords may be prosecuted if they continue to let property without being registered. The maximum fine for operating as an unregistered landlord is £50,000. Landlords can also be disqualified from being able to let property for a period of up to 5 years.

Would the Scottish Government consider changing the Registration Scheme to a national one so that a landlord need only register once?
I can confirm that there are no plans to change the current legislation to create a national registration scheme.

How many private landlords there are in Scotland?
We do not hold information on the number of landlords there are in Scotland. Information about the number of landlords currently on the register is provided below in response to your final question.

How many private landlords are registered with their local authority?
The attached table (Annex A) provides the current number of total no of active registrations, broken down by local authority as at September 2019.

Annex A

Local Authority No of Active Registrations
Aberdeen City 20446
Aberdeenshire 9297
Angus 4470
Argyll and Bute 3872
City of Edinburgh 42579
Clackmannanshire 1684
Dumfries and Galloway 7197
Dundee City 10349
East Ayrshire 5000
East Dunbartonshire 3041
East Lothian 3952
East Renfrewshire 2376
Eilean Siar 641
Falkirk 5482
Fife 16316
Glasgow City 40447
Highland 8721
Inverclyde 2786
Midlothian 2716
Moray 3249
North Ayrshire 4574
North Lanarkshire 8943
Orkney Islands 946
Perth and Kinross 6582
Renfrewshire 7887
Scottish Borders 5362
Shetland Islands 533
South Ayrshire 4915
South Lanarkshire 13035
Stirling 4791
West Dunbartonshire 2400
West Lothian 5108
Total 259697

 

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