All private landlords are legally required to be registered with their local authority. The landlord needs to provide personal details, a list of all let properties and the name and address of any letting agent used. Letting agents are not obliged to register separately, but are encouraged to do so.
Register as a landlord
It costs £68 to apply for landlord registration, plus a fee of £16 per property. Registration lasts for three years. View landlords legal obligations (PDF 41KB).
The Scottish Government's guidance notes for local authorities may be useful for landlords to help clarify inclusions and exemptions.
Renew or update your registration
You need to renew your registration before its registration expiry date if you're continuing to rent out the property. If you do not renew your application before it expires a Late Application Fee of £137 will be payable. You can update your registration by logging in to the Landlord Registration database.
If you want to add a property to your portfolio, you can do this by logging onto the Landlord Registration database using your landlord registration number. Select the option to Update and follow the steps provided. The cost to add a property is £16 per property.