If you are a private landlord letting a residential property in Scotland, then you must by law register with the local authority in whose area you let property.
This legislation protects tenants and neighbours from the threats of mismanaged properties and antisocial behaviour by considering any landlords' record of:
- Fraud, dishonesty, violence or drugs.
- Unlawful discrimination.
- Breaches of any housing law.
- Failure to act in relation to antisocial behaviour.
Unregistered landlords may be fined as much as £5,000.
You must register in each local authority area in which you let property. You can apply to register more than one property in more than one area in the same application and this will reduce your total fees.
For sound information on registration and on letting residential property, visit Better Renting Scotland.