Private Landlord Registration

All private owners and landlords renting residential property in Scotland have to apply for registration in the register of landlords.

Private Landlord Registration

All private owners and landlords renting residential property in Scotland are required to register with their local Council every 3 years, so we can make sure they keep good standards of practice. Information about registered landlords is available on the Scottish Government's National Landlord Registration so members of the public can find out if their landlord is registered.  The aim of landlord registration is to make sure that all private landlords in Scotland are fit and proper people to be letting residential property. 

The requirement to register helps councils to remove disreputable landlords from the market and protect tenants and the wider community from the impact of antisocial behaviour and mismanaged property. It is a legal requirement for all landlords to keep their applications and details up to date.  Private Landlords are reminded to keep the application, details and records up to date when there is a change of circumstances, e.g. change of home address, agents, sell or buy a property, etc.

From 31 January 2018 all letting agents operating in Scotland must comply with the Letting Agent Code of Practice. The Scottish Letting Agent Register also opens for applications from letting agents. All letting agents in Scotland must have applied to register with Scottish Ministers before 1 October 2018.

The Scottish Government has written to all letting agents on its database to highlight these changes.

Agents can make an application on Scottish Letting Agent Register website

Information on letting agent registration, including on how to apply, is available at Letting agent registration webpage


In March 2020 we officially launched the NHS Homes scheme, under the UK Short Term Accommodation Association (STAA). For more information, please see the Icon for pdf Landlord Registration STAA NHS Workers [40.98KB].

Landlord Information
How do you register as a 'Private Landlord'?
What happens after you register?
Where can you get further information?
Unregistered Landlords
Late Fees
Fit and Proper Person
Rent Penalty Notices
Advice and Assistance
You can make a complaint in relation to a landlord by completing our online form

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