Private Landlord Registration Enforcement Policy

Failure to register

The Council is committed to pro-actively driving up standards and addressing worst practice and will undertake random spot checks to identify landlords who have not registered under the scheme.  Unregistered landlords are brought to the attention of the Housing and Property Service by other council departments, outside agencies and members of the public.  Where this happens, emphasis will be placed on intensive management and personal contact by staff from the Housing and Property Service to resolve issues in the first instance.

The Council will endeavour to maintain regular and sustained contact with landlords and agents who are not registered and will provide advice and assistance and state what action is required to resolve the issue.  

Where a property is found not to be registered, an initial reminder letter and an information pack will be sent to the landlord requesting them to register within 14 days.  If no registration is received within this timescale, a final reminder letter will be sent giving the landlord 7 days in which to register and advising that a late application fee will be applied.

Where the issue is not resolved, any enforcement action taken will be in proportion to the breach of the scheme.  The sanctions available, if judged appropriate are:

  • Rent Penalty Notice may be served.
  • If guilty of an offence - report to the procurator fiscal.

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