Most owners and landlord who rent out property in Scotland are required to register with their local authority.
Information for tenants
Our advice pages have lots of information for private tenants on landlord registration.
The Scottish Government has published advice for landlords and letting agents.
How do I register as a landlord?
What if I don't register as a landlord?
Any landlord who has not submitted a valid landlord registration application is letting illegally. If the council finds out you are letting without a valid landlord registration it will request you to apply immediately. If it has to issue two requests, you will have to pay an additional fee of £130 on top of the normal landlord registration fees.
The maximum penalty for letting out property when not a registered landlord is £50,000. Also a ban can be imposed on being registered as a landlord in any council area for a period of up to five years.
How much does landlord registration cost?
The following fees apply in relation to landlord registration:
single council fee - £65
applications with different councils - £32.50 per council
property fee - £15
late/unregistered fee - £130
If you've already completed your landlord registration and you have appointed an agent to act on your behalf since you registered, then the local council will charge a fee for the agent where the agent is not signed up to landlord registration.
Advertising your property
From 1 June 2013, when a property is advertised, landlords have to include their registration number in all adverts.
Landlord registration discounts
Some discounts apply to landlord registration fees:
If you already have an HMO licence, you won't have to pay the principal fee for landlord registration, and will only have to pay the property fee for any properties you rent out that aren't HMOs.
If you have to register as a landlord in more than one council area, you can get a 50% discount on each subsequent landlord registration application.
In addition, charities are exempt from paying the principal and property landlord registration fees.
Advice and support for landlords
If you are a landlord needing further advice or support the following websites may be helpful.
Scottish Government - Advice for landlords: information and advice on being a landlord in Scotland
Landlord Accreditation Scotland: promoting best practice in the private rented sector by offering training and education across the country
Scottish Association of Landlords: members have access to a free telephone advice service
Renting Scotland: information for landlords
Last updated: 22 April 2020
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