Changes to Landlord Registration
Here at Rettie, we take pride in going above and beyond for our clients, but sadly, we can’t manage a landlord’s registration for them with the local authority. So, we wanted to make you aware of some changes you can expect when registering or re-registering your properties.
The Private Landlord Registration (Information) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 come into force on 16th September 2019. From this date, a landlord will have to confirm the property meets the Repairing Standard and that all relevant safety and compliance checks are in place as part of the submission. It may be the case that local authorities determine they would like evidence submitted to support this, however, they may opt to follow the present check box style of written declaration.
The new application can be expected to check the property meets:
- The Tolerable Standard
- The Repairing Standard
- The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations
- If there is a private water supply, the Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017
In addition, there will be several new check points to ensure the correct safety information has been provided to residents and that the properties bear the correct mandatory information such as landlord registration numbers and EPC indicators in marketing information. There must also be buildings insurance on the property as per requirement of the Tenements (Scotland) Act 2004, Legionella Risk Assessment and remedial action planning, HMO licensing (where appropriate), and appropriate lodging of deposits under the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2011.
Should your local authority require evidence of any of the above come September, your portfolio manager will be delighted to help. All property owners as per the title deed are required to register, irrespective of who deals with the property day to day.
Most importantly, please remember that it is a legal requirement to keep your landlord registration valid and to update your registration with any changes of contact information and changes to or appointment of managing agents. Failure to comply could carry a £50,000 penalty.
As part of your application, you will have to provide the Rettie Letting Agent Registration Number – LARN1903047. One of the benefits of having an agent is that the contact information listed on the public register will be that of your agent as opposed to your own home address.
My recommendation to all clients would be to check your registration now and look over whether any information needs to be updated. If they have the correct information for you, you will get a reminder to re-register when the time comes. With residents now able to give 28 days’ notice to vacate, you don’t want an expired registration to slow down your next marketing campaign.