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Registering as a private landlord

You must be registered as a private landlord if you are (or will be) renting out residential property. It is an offence to let out properties that aren't registered.

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.

How to register

Landlords can register themselves and their properties for a period of 3 years:

Register online as a landlord

You can also:

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.

Renew your registration

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.

Rules for advertising property to let

You must follow rules when advertising properties to let. Any written advertisements, including internet and newspaper adverts or shop window displays, must:

  • display a landlord registration number. You only need to display one number if a property is jointly owned by two landlords. If you're waiting on the outcome of an application then you should insert "landlord registration pending".
  • display an energy performance rating.The energy performance indicator can be found on your property's Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

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.

Private residential tenancies

Any tenancy starting on or after 1 December 2017 will be a Private Residential Tenancy (this replaces Short Assured and Assured Tenancies).

The purpose of the tenancy is to improve security for tenants and provide safeguards for landlords, lenders and investors.The new tenancy will be open-ended and will last until a tenant wishes to leave the let property or a landlord uses one or more of  the 18 grounds for eviction.

Guidance (including a model tenancy agreement) is available for both landlords and tenants:

Resolving disputes

The Housing and Property Chamber make decisions on rent or repair issues in private sector housing . They also deal with civil cases relating to the private rented sector that were previously handled within the Sheriff Court. This includes:

  • applying for eviction and repossession orders
  • requesting consideration of whether a tenancy has been unlawfully terminated
  • resolving disagreements on fulfilling terms of a Private Residential Tenancy
  • resolving disagreements on the rent set by the Rent Officer

The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland is based in Glasgow but hearings will also be held in locations across Scotland as required. Further information on the process and application forms can be found on the Housing and Property Chamber website.

Visit the Housing and Property Chamber website

Tell us about unregistered properties

You can report an unregistered property anonymously online if you think there's an issue:

Let us know about an unregistered property

Advice and support

Further information and help in relation to private sector housing is available from a number of sources, including:

Page last updated: 04/12/2018
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