Private Landlord Registration
Part 8 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004 requires all private landlords to be registered with their local authority.
All landlords renting out property in Aberdeenshire are required to register with the Council.
The scheme covers all private rented properties, with certain limited exemptions. The landlord is required to provide personal details, a list of all let properties and also the name and address of any letting agent used. Letting agents are not obliged to register separately, but are encouraged to do so. Each application will be assessed to make sure the applicant is a 'fit and proper 'person.
Registration is subject to a principal fee of £55 and £11 per property. Discounts are available whan applications and renewals are made on-line.
Applications must be submitted on-line at the Landlord Registration website or by submitting an application form to Aberdeenshire Council, Environmental Health, Mercat Cross, Low Street, Banff, AB45 1AY. Tel: 01261 813254.
Registration lasts for three years and landlords are required to renew their registration before the expiry date if continuing to rent out the property.
If you are a landlord you must be registered or have applied for registration. If not, you will be committing an offence which may result in the submission of a report to the Procurator Fiscal and / or the issue of a notice which will prevent you from collecting rent.
You can download an application form here. For joint owners, Form 2 should also be completed. As part of the application process you will be asked if you comply with the legal requirements of being a landlord. These requirements are detailed below:
- Legal obligations on Landlords (pdf 41 kb)
- LRS Application Form 1 (pdf 74 kb)
- LRS Application Form 2 (pdf 65 kb)
- LRS Agent Application Form (pdf 64 kb)
If you have a registration number and wish to add a property to your portfolio, please use Section 2a (pdf 22 kb).
If you are a landlord or creditor, you are now required to notify us when you start to take court action that could result in making someone homeless. By giving us this early warning you can help us to take action to prevent homelessness. Section 11 of the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 came into force on 1st April 2009.
The Scottish Government undertook consultation on the detail of how registration of private landlords will operate in practice. This consultation paper was published in early July 2005. Consultation is now closed but the document provides a good summary of the current position with registration. Guidance on registration is available on the Better Renting website.
Guidance Notes, which were published to help Local Authorities, may be of some use to Landlords and help clarify Inclusions and Exemptions, these can be viewed / downloaded from Scottish Government website: Guidance notes on inclusions and exemptions from the Scottish Government.
For more information, please call us on 01261 813254 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org