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A review of landlord registration application has been branded a ‘fantastic opportunity’ to raise awareness by CIH Scotland, in response to the Scottish Government.
CIH Scotland has called for all landlords to be clear that they are complying with any legal obligations required of them when they are applying to the landlord register. They also argued for ‘meaningful enforcement’ when standards are not being met. This will encourage good practice in the sector and weed out rogue landlords.
CIH Scotland’s policy and practice manager, Ashley Campbell, said: ‘Reviewing the landlord registration application presents a fantastic opportunity to ensure that landlords are aware of and are complying with their legal obligations. Our members are very supportive of measures that will support good practice in the sector. We understand that local authorities are under pressure and that increasing fees will help them to manage the registration process. But it will be important to make sure that those landlords who do follow the rules don’t end up subsidising the ones who don’t.’
Campbell continued: ‘We need to make sure that landlords have access to the information, advice and training they need to be able to provide high quality homes and services to the 330,000 households now renting privately across Scotland. At the same time, we want to see robust enforcement action taken against those who put tenants in danger by refusing to meet basic standards.’
The landlord registration system was established in 2006. Registers are managed locally by councils, and all landlords are required to be registered and have to pass a test to prove they are a ‘fit and proper person’ to meet the required standards to let homes to tenants.
The new proposals suggested include increasing registration fees in line with inflation and the revision of discounts. There will also be changes to the information that landlords are required to provide when registering, with applicants needing to confirm that they are in line with legal obligations. These range from the condition and energy efficiency of the property to obligations regarding the tenancy and deposit.