Landlords and agents can apply for registration with all local authorities in Scotland, track their applications and inform registering authorities of any changes to their details.
The aim of landlord registration is to ensure that all private landlords are "fit and proper" to be letting residential property. The requirement helps local authorities to remove disreputable landlords from the market and to protect tenants and their neighbours from the impact of antisocial behaviour and mismanaged property in the wider community.
Registration will be required for private landlords letting residential property in Scotland, unless all the houses they let are covered by one or more of the exemptions. Letting part of your home to 2 or fewer persons is exempt (i.e. resident landlords), as is a house let to the tenant of an agricultural holding or croft. Other exemptions include holiday homes, letting to members of the landlords own family and certain accommodation related to religious orders.