Landlords registering with a local authority for the first time will soon have to declare that their property meets minimum legal standards under changes introduced by the Scottish Government.
From September 16, they will have to confirm that properties comply with legal Repairing and Tolerable Standards and that their tenants have received copies of prescribed information along with their tenancy agreements. The changes will not affect existing landlords until they renew their registration.
Under the terms of the Private Landlord Registration (Information) (Scotland) Regulations 2019, the requirement to register is on landlords themselves.
Letting agents must ensure they provide landlords with the correct information about their managed properties for them to complete the application process successfully.
The rules don’t cover holiday lets; homes managed by religious orders; homes where the landlord is resident; homes with agricultural and crofting tenancies; letting to family members; and homes providing care services governed by Care Inspectorate regulation.
There’s a principal fee of £65 to register with a single local authority and a property fee of £15 per property. When registering with two or more local authorities, the Principal Fee is £32.50 per local authority. There’s no fee for HMO properties or Scottish registered charities.
Once registered, you will be given a unique Landlord Registration Number and will be included on the local authority’s Register of Landlords. At that point you can legally let property and your registration remains valid for three years.
Under the Act, you are required to include your Landlord Registration Number on all property advertisements.
Where an application for registration has been submitted but not yet approved, you must include the words ‘landlord registration pending’.
Landlords and letting agents must inform the local authority of any changes to the information they have provided.
For more information on your rights and responsibilities as a landlord contact your local Scottish Property Centre branch or visit www.scottishpropertycentre.net