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Landlord registration helps councils monitor private landlords and ensure that they are suitable people to let out property. The landlord register was introduced in April 2006. This section looks at how the registration process works and what the register means for tenants.
Every council in Scotland now holds a formal register of all landlords and letting agents in their area. You can consult the registers of all councils through a central website provided by the Scottish Government. This page looks at what the system means for tenants.
If you rent from a private landlord or letting agency, they will have to pass a 'fit and proper person' test before they can be registered with the council, to show that they are suitable to be a landlord. Read this page to find out what the test is and how the council will apply it.