Letting Agent Registration and Training Requirements

If you are a letting agent working or managing property in Scotland, you need meet the minimum training standards and join the Scottish Letting Agent Register in order to legally trade.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

Qualifications and training

Registration requires evidence that everyone in your business (who needs to) has the relevant qualification covering the essential aspects of residential letting. The qualification must be SCQF Level 6 or above. More info...

Propertymark Qualifications is one of four training providers approved by the Scottish Government. If you achieved the Propertymark Qualifications Level 6 Award in Residential Letting and Property Management within the last three years you will meet the training requirement. If you passed the qualification over three years ago you will need to do 20 hours additional training. More info...

Taking a qualification

Propertymark Qualifications

We offer a specialist Level 6 residential letting qualification which meets the register’s requirements and can be completed flexibly through distance learning. More info...

Studying

Training Courses

We offer training support in more areas across Scotland than other training provider and at a lower cost. We also offer an Official Level 6 Qualification Support Course. More info...

Fit and Proper Person Test

Everyone applying to be on the register will need to meet the standards laid out in a ‘fit and proper person test’. If you are applying on behalf of your company the Scottish Government may need to conduct the test on multiple people within the company. More info...

Client Money Protection (CMP) and professional indemnity insurance

All agencies must ensure they hold client money in a dedicated client account. Many agents have found that banks and building societies provide easier access to dedicated accounts if you are an ARLA Propertymark member.

You must also belong to a CMP scheme and hold Professional indemnity insurance. ARLA Propertymark membership requires that a company has professional indemnity insurance and our CMP scheme meets the levels required in the Code of Practice.

What happens if I do not register?

It will be a criminal offence to carry out letting agency work in Scotland if you are not on the register - with the possibility of fines of up to £50,000 and prison sentences of up to six months for those convicted. More info...

FACT SHEETS

Member exclusive Fact Sheets covering the Code of Practice and Register of Letting Agents are available to download from the members’ area.

APPLICATION FEES

On 30 November 2017, the Scottish Government released the fee structure for the letting agent register. The application fee is for a three year registration and determined by the number of offices your business has where letting agency work is carried out. There are two fee structures depending on when you apply to join the register.

APPLICATIONS BEFORE THE DEADLINE OR NEW BUSINESSES

The fees in the table below apply to:

  • Existing agents that apply before the 1 October deadline
  • New agents applying after 1 October 2018 but that have not yet began their letting operations.
Number of Offices3-yearly fee
One office £495
Two to three offices £595
Four or more offices £700

LATE APPLICATIONS

The fees in the table below apply to:

  • If your business fails to apply before the 1 October 2018 deadline.
  • A new business carrying out letting agency work after 1 October 2018 before they have been admitted to the register.
Number of Offices3-yearly fee
One office £765
Two to three offices £865
Four or more offices £970

QUALIFICATION AND TRAINING BUNDLES

To support you in complying with the new regulations we are offering bundles for a limited-time. Bundles include a workbook for the Propertymark Qualifications Level 6 qualification, study support on one of our courses and a membership subscription. To register your interest please email jamiebarr@arla.co.uk.

BUNDLE 1 £300

(SAVE £550)

Includes:
Qualification Workbook 
Two days' study support
ARLA Propertymark membership

More info

BUNDLE 2 £230

(SAVE £470)

Includes:
Two days' study support
ARLA Propertymark membership

More info

BUNDLE 3 £230

(SAVE £200)

Includes:
Qualification Workbook 
ARLA Propertymark membership

More info