Private landlords are required to apply for registration with their local authority under Part 8 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004. Operating as an unregistered landlord is a criminal offence which may be subject to a penalty on conviction of up to £50,000 and a ban on letting properties of up to 5 years.
Temporary Rent Freeze and Winter Evictions Ban
In order to help tenants through the cost of living crisis, the Scottish Government have announced that as of 6 September 2022, there is a rent freeze in Scotland. Landlords cannot increase rents until at least 31 March 2023.
The rent freeze applies to private and social tenants.
There will also be a ban on evictions in Scotland this winter. The ban is not in place yet and evictions can still go ahead until the Scottish Government puts out emergency laws in the coming weeks. Once the ban begins, it will last until at least 31 March 2022.
Further information is available from Shelter Scotland.