Why it's compulsory
The letting agent register is designed to make sure that anyone conducting letting agency work is a suitable person (‘fit and proper person’) to do the job and certain staff have completed the necessary qualification and training.
After 1 October 2018, it will be a criminal offence to do letting agency work if you aren't on the register or made an application by this date.
If convicted, you could face a fine of up to £50,000, up to six months imprisonment or both.
Part 4 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 makes provision for the regulation of letting agents.
The system includes:
- compulsory registration
- a statutory Code of Practice with a means of redress
- effective monitoring compliance and enforcement
The Scottish Government manages this mandatory register. Registration will be for three years.
Find out more about information about the legal requirements for letting agents.