As a registered private landlord you'll have to meet standards which are designed to improve the private housing sector. This allows prospective tenants to be satisfied that properties are being let by a fit and proper person.
Landlords can register themselves and their properties for a period of 3 years:
You are legally required to keep your details up to date and accurate. You should notify us immediately if your details have changed or you are no longer a landlord.
If you aren't registered then you'll receive two requests by post to register. We will consider enforcement action if you don't register, this includes payment of a £110 late fee before your application is considered. You can't pay this online so will need to contact us directly. The fee is applied to each joint owner, named in the title deeds, of the property being rented or advertised to let.
You can renew your registration up to three months before it expires. A late fee of £110 will be added to registration costs if you fail to renew in time. The fee will be applied to each joint owner, named in the title deeds, of the property being rented or advertised to let.
We'll send you a reminder by email (if supplied) or post to before your renewal date. A second reminder will also be issued by post if necessary.
You must follow rules when advertising properties to let. Any written advertisements, including internet and newspaper adverts or shop window displays, must:
You may be removed from the register if you fail to include this information. If you are awaiting registration then your application may be refused.
You can report an unregistered property anonymously if you think there's an issue:
Private landlords have a legal responsibility to ensure that a rented house meets a legal standard of repair called the Repairing Standard. Tenants are supported to ensure that their landlord is maintaining the property to the appropriate standards.
Landlords have a legal duty to provide new tenants with a tenant information pack before their tenancy starts. The tenant information pack is a standardised document set out by the Scottish Government which provides information on private renting and sets out the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords.
Private landlords must lodge deposits from tenants with a tenancy deposit scheme to ensure the money is protected until it is due to be repaid. There are currently three independent tenancy deposit schemes operating in Scotland which have been approved by The Scottish Government.
A house in multiple occupation licence is required for every house or flat which is the only or main home of three or more unrelated people or families. It is a criminal offence, with fines up to £50,000, to have a house in multiple occupation if it is not licensed.
Information for private landlords and tenants: