Latest News

Proposed Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill

20 November 2019

The final proposal for the Proposed Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill was lodged on the 14 November 2019. By introducing measures to limit rent increases and to improve the availability of information about rent levels, the proposed bill is intended to protect tenants in the private rented sector. Read More...

When should a Notice to Leave be served?

20 November 2019

A recent decision in the case of Majid v Gaffney and Britton the Upper Tribunal for Scotland decided any eviction ground, including those for rent arrears must exist at the time the Notice to Leave is served. Read More...

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Specified Information) (Wales) Regulations 2019

18 November 2019

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Specified Information) (Wales) Regulations 2019 have been laid in the National Assembly for Wales and if not annulled, could come into force in 19 days’ time. Read More...

Scottish Letting Agent Registration figures update

Monday 01 July 2019

The number of letting agents in Scotland who have now been issued with a Letting Agent Registration Number (LARN) now stands at 687 from the 938 applications received by the Scottish Government.

Those which remain outstanding are currently having their applications processed and have been asked to deliver the required documentation to the registration team.

Approximately 100 of the outstanding applications relate to agents having issues in obtaining a client account and the Scottish Government are focussing their attention on these applications to ensure everything possible is being done to obtain a client account and a CMP policy.

ARLA Propertymark have highlighted to the Scottish Government on many occasions that agents operating without a client account and/or a CMP policy are currently in breach of the Letting Agent Code of Practice and enough pressure must be applied to ensure they comply with regulations.

The agents that have been flagged to the Scottish Government as not applying for registration and are carrying out lettings work will have received a compliance letter and so far, 126 of these have been issued.

Proactive enforcement

The Scottish Government intend to carry out spot checks on agents to ensure they remain compliant with the legislation and ensure all CMP polices are still in place.

Agents will also be checked to make sure that they have sufficient policies and procedures, such as complaints handling, dealing with repairs and maintenance and handling client money.

Details of agents who are suspected of not yet applying for registration are still welcomed to do so by emailing them through to Daryl McIntosh on darylmcintosh@propertymark.co.uk or directly to the registration team on lettingagentregulation@gov.scot.

More info on how to apply