Private Landlords

This page gives information on the rights and responsibilities of a private landlord.

Service Update

Due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect this is having on the private rented sector, it has been agreed that all communication to registered landlords will be issues via SMS (text message) from the UK Gov Notify service.

Should you have require any advice in relation to any communication you receive or any advice in relation to any issues you are facing within the sector due to COVID-19 please email the Landlord Registration Team on landlordregistration@westlothian.gov.uk

We have prepared the Icon for pdf Private Landlord COVID-19 Procedure [57.05KB] and the Icon for pdf Tenants of Private Landlords COVID-19 FAQ [440.7KB] documents to help explain how services will be delivered during this time.

 

It can be difficult to understand all of your rights and responsibilities as a Private Landlord. The Scottish Government has produced a useful Summary of a private landlord's responsibilities when letting a property. More information on your requirements are listed below. This information is also available on the Icon for pdf checklist [421.3KB] which can be printed off for your use.

Your Responsibilities

Landlord Registration
Private Sector Leasing
Insurance
Energy Performance Certificate
Repairing Standard
Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Electrical Condition Report
Gas Safety (if required)
Risk Assessment Legionnaires Disease
Tenancy Agreements and Notices
Advice and Assistance

The Scottish Government has partnered with the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) to produce this private residential tenancy film as part of the publicity for the new tenancy regime, which is close to being implemented.

SAL is offering all landlords and agents a free briefing with all the details about the new tenancy. SAL also offer a range of membership services including a Scottish letting helpline, free and discounted training, local meetings and events plus documentation and factsheets for letting. Please contact SAL directly to request the briefing by email, or if you'd like to find out more about the services they provide through the SAL website.

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