Who should register
If you do letting agency work in Scotland you are required by law to comply with a Letting Agent Code of Practice and to join this register.
Letting agency work generally means you either:
- carry out work for a private landlord who wants to let their property out to a tenant
- manage a property (including collecting rent, inspecting the property and arranging for repairs and maintenance) which is currently (or is planned to be) rented out to a tenant
To view the legal definition see section 61 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014
It is an offence to carry out letting agency work after 1 October 2018 unless you submitted an application by this date or been admitted to the register.
Who may not need to register
Depending on your duties you may not need to register.
If you only:
- manage properties you own
- let and manage holiday lets
- work as a contractor (plumber/electrician or similar)
- prepare leases for clients as a solicitor
- manage a family members property under power of attorney
If any of the above applies you're unlikely to need to register.
Find out more details and example scenarios on Who needs to register .