Please make sure you are aware of your obligations as a landlord before you register. You may be asked to show certain certificates as evidence. Download the prescribed information to find out more about your landlord obligations:
Private landlord registration
You can apply online via the Landlord Registration website. You must pay the fees as part of the online application process.
Alternatively, you can download a copy of the application form:
For additional properties, download the Additional Property form:
You can request a paper application by contacting the Landlord Registration Team. If you choose this application method you must include a cheque for payment of the registration fees with the paper application form.
Please do not use the address of the property you are intending to rent out as your contact address. This will result in any correspondence we send to you being returned marked addressee has gone away.
Landlord registration fees are:
- Principal fee: £65
- Property fee: £15 (per let property)
- Late application fee: £130
Discounts are available for:
- Landlords who own properties in more than one local authority area
- Joint owners
- Landlords who have a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) license
- Scottish charities
To find out more about landlord registration, visit the mygov.scot website.
Private Landlord Registration
Communities, Housing and Infrastructure
Business Hub 1
Lower Ground Floor West
03000 200 292
Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm
Once your registration is approved, it will be valid for three years from the approval date. You will receive an approval letter with an attachment showing your registration details. The approval letter is the most important document you will receive as it is proof you hold a valid registration. It must be filed in a safe place together with your user credentials for future reference.
If you have provided an email address at the time of application, the user credentials will be sent to you directly from Landlord Registration Scotland. If you have not provided an email address the user credentials will be sent by standard mail. If you use an agent to manage your property you should provide them with a copy of the approval letter for their records.
The registration number is purely a reference number and not proof of valid registration.
In accordance with the Legislation for the Regulation of Private Landlords under the Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004 all landlords have a legal obligation and responsibility to maintain their registration details and keep them current at all times. They must also notify the Local Authority (in writing or by email) of any change in circumstance (e.g. change of address, adding or deleting properties, no longer practicing as a landlord). Failure to do so is an offence under the act.
It is the Local Authority's legal obligation to maintain the Register and to provide advice and assistance relevant to the registration scheme. It is not the Local Authority's responsibility to maintain landlords' registration details.
Landlords and creditors have a duty to inform the relevant Local Authority when they raise proceedings for possession of a property or serve certain notices relating to a mortgage. This is to give local authorities early notice of households who may be at risk of homelessness due to eviction.
Landlords are required by law to serve a two month written notice for possession of a property.
Regulations prescribing the form and manner have been laid in Parliament.
Please contact the Housing Advice team.
Energy Performance Certificates are required for all new tenancies in Scotland.
An EPC will provide information on the energy efficiency of a property and must be carried out by a qualified EPC surveyor.
The Scottish Government has published an EPC information sheet for private landlords giving current available information on EPCs for the private rented market. It can be accessed via the following link:
It is mandatory to fit a condensing model when replacing or fitting a new gas or oil-fired boiler. For more information on Building Regulations go to the Scottish Government website
From April 1st 2009 Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI Gas registration as the official gas safety body therefore by law, only Gas Safe Registered Engineers should carry out work on gas appliances or installations in your property. If someone other than a Gas Safe Registered Engineer does the gas work in your property, you could be risking peoples lives.
To find a Gas Safe Registered Engineer visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or telephone 0800 408 5500. National Grid (Formerly Transco) Tel: 0800 111 999
A landlord is required to take all reasonable steps to ensure that all electrical installations and appliances supplied as part of the let are safe for use and do not threaten the health or safety of people in and around the premises or become a source of fire.
All furnishings and furniture supplied as part of the let must comply with relevant parts of the Furniture & Furnishings (fire) (Safety) Regulations
A landlord has a duty to repair and maintain the property at the start of the tenancy, and at all times during the tenancy.
The landlord must on or before the start of the tenancy provide the tenant with written information about the effect of the Repairing Standard in relation to the tenancy and how to approach the Private Rented Housing Panel (PRHP).
'Cuckooing' is a term used to describe someone having their home taken over by an Organised Crime Group for the purposes of using the premises, usually to deal or store drugs. Private rentals are attractive to Organised Crime Groups, and Police Scotland has produced a factsheet for private landlords to help identify where cuckooing is happening. Find out more about cuckooing.
We are working with Landlord Accreditation Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council to ensure that everyone working in the private rented sector has the opportunity to keep up to date with the ever-changing legislation relevant to landlords and agents.
To benefit from the most up to date information and to hear about how to include best practice within the day to day management of rental properties, come along to one of the training and information events. Download the leaflet below for more information:
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