The aim of registration is to make sure that all private landlords in Scotland are
'fit and proper' to let property. This helps councils to remove bad landlords from
the market and protect tenants and their neighbours from antisocial behaviour. It
also helps to engage landlords who do not manage their properties correctly or maintain
them to the Repairing Standard.
We can provide all registered landlords with information and assistance on all aspects
of private letting. This service is also provided to private tenants.
Registration will last for 3 years, starting from the date of your approval. After
this time you will need to renew your registration (see How do I register?).
Do I need to register?
I am a landlord letting private rented property. Should I register?
You will have to register if you are a private landlord letting residential property in Scotland unless all the houses you let are covered by one or more exemptions.
Some examples of exemptions are:
- If you let part of your own home
- If you let to a family member
- If you let to a tenant of an agricultural holding or croft
There are some other exemptions. Please contact us for more information and advice if you are unsure if these exemptions apply to you.
I have an HMO licence. Do I still need to register?
If you let a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), you will have already been found to be ‘fit and proper’ by us. You and your properties will still need to be registered. You must complete an online application (see How do I register?). You will not need to pay. If you let properties which are not HMOs, these must also be registered.
I am an agent managing private rented property. Do I need to register?
I jointly own a property with someone else – how will that work?
All joint owners must register. You should choose one of you as the ‘lead owner’ who will pay the registration fee.
When do I need to register?
You must apply to register before advertising your property for let.
How much will it cost?
The fee for landlord registration is £55. The fee to register a property is £11 per property. You will receive a 10% discount if you register online. For more information on fees, please contact us.
How do I register?
Which council should I register with?
You must register with each council in which you let property.
What information will I need to provide on applying?
- Your name, address, date of birth and any other names you are known by.
- The addresses of any properties you let.
- The name and address of any agent you use.
- Contact information.
- Information on any unspent convictions or court or tribunal judgements.
- A declaration that you comply with all relevant laws when letting property.
What does 'fit and proper' mean?
To be registered, landlords must be 'fit and proper' to let residential property. For information on good practice in residential letting, please visit The Scottish Government website or speak to us.
When making a decision on whether you are 'fit and proper', we will look at any evidence of:
- Fraud, dishonesty, violence or drugs
- Unlawful discrimination
- Breaches of any law relating to housing
- Failure to act in relation to antisocial behaviour
- Firearms offences
- Sexual offences
What if the council decides I'm not ‘fit and proper’?
You will not be allowed to register, but we can advise you on what you need to do to become registered. It is an offence to let a property if you are not registered.
How much of my information will members of the public be able to see online?
Members of the public will be able to view the register on the Internet. By entering the property address they will be able to see if the landlord is registered and the contact address for you or your agent.
There is a public search facility online at www.landlordregistrationscotland.gov.uk.
How do I renew my registration when my 3 years is nearing the end?
You will receive an email reminding you to renew 90 days and 30 days before your expiry date. You should keep Landlord Registration Scotland updated with your current contact details.
You can renew your registration by simply logging onto the Landlord Registration Scotland website and paying the appropriate fee (fees have not changed since 2006 and you will receive a 10% discount for renewing online).
It is your responsibility to register and re-register. Failure to do this may result in a penalty.
If you need help or further information on the renewal process please call the Strategy & Private Sector Team on 01324 590797 (option 2).
What are my legal obligations as a landlord?