New regulation guidance for Scottish local authorities

The Scottish government has enforced new guidelines to all local authorities, regulating landlords with regards to best practice.

The Landlord Registration Statutory Guidance gives direction with relation to best practice, providing examples to local authorities on how they can regulate the landlord regulation system. The guidance requires councils to maintain records of private landlords, and ensure that only landlords that meet the criteria that deem a landlord to be ‘fit and proper’ are allowed on the register.

The private rented sector plays an increasingly important role in Scotland’s housing system. Around 760,000 people in Scotland live in privately rented homes – twice the number of ten years ago. I want to see a sector that is characterised by more good quality homes, being managed professionally and where tenants feel secure. Where there are poor standards, local authorities should be taking tough, targeted enforcement to ensure every landlord is fit for purpose. I would like to encourage all local authorities to use this guidance and examples of best practice to raise standards in the sector and ensure greater consistency in enforcement across Scotland.

Kevin Stewart, minister for local government and housing

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