Information for private landlords and those considering renting residential property
A private landlord is someone (or a company) who rents out residential properties.
Becoming a landlord and renting out your property can be very complex. There are certain things that by law you must do. We aim to explain what these responsibilities are and give you some information and advice that will make becoming a private landlord less complicated.
Our leaflet A Guide for Private Landlords (PDF) summarises some of your responsibilities. You can also visit the Scottish Association of Landlords website for further information. If you wish to become a member of the Scottish Association of Landlords you can download their membership form here.
The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 is expected to take effect from December 2017. The Act will introduce a new type of tenancy that will be known as a 'private residential tenancy'. For more information you can either visit the Scottish Government web page or download a copy of Private residential tenancies: information for landlords (PDF).
The new Private Residential Tenancy: new film online
The Scottish Government has partnered with the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) to produce a short film as part of the publicity for the new tenancy regime which is close to being implemented.
Film link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCCPXaD88Ro
SAL is also offering landlords and agents a free briefing with all the details about the new tenancy.
Please contact SAL directly to request the briefing by email, or if you'd like to find out more about SAL, you can contact them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call them on 01343 564 0100.
SAL offers a range of membership services including a Scottish letting helpline, free and discounted training, local meetings and events plus documentation and fact sheets for Scottish letting. Ask them how they can help you.
Landlord Registration - Most landlords in Scotland must register with their council to ensure they are "fit and proper" to let property. It is the owner of the property who must register and declare any agents that they use to manage the property. The maximum fine for operating as an unregistered landlord is £50,000.
We have a newsletter called 'Landlords Matter' which contains information and advice on private sector issues. Our newsletter will also help you make sure that you are aware of any forthcoming changes in the law.
You can also visit the Scottish Association of Landlords website for further information. If you wish to become a member of the Scottish Association of Landlords you can download their membership form.
You can find more details information on your rights and responsibilities by following the links on this page.
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