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).
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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