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New code of practice for letting agents comes into force

New code of practice for letting agents comes into force

Wednesday 31 January 2018

New code of practice for letting agents comes into force


The new regulations require letting agents to join a register and meet minimum standards.

A new statutory code of practice for letting agents has come into force.

Agents have until October 1 to join a register and face criminal proceedings if they fail to sign up but continue working as a letting agent.

Scottish Letting agent register
Scottish Letting agent register

The code also stipulates a minimum level of training for letting agency workers.

If standards are not met, the agents can be struck off the register.

Both landlords and tenants can use the code to challenge poor practice via tribunal if necessary.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart welcomed the new code (Scottish Parliament/PA)
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart welcomed the new code (Scottish Parliament/PA)

Housing minister Kevin Stewart said: “We are committed to ensuring the highest quality private rented sector, which empowers tenants.

“These reforms, and the need for the sector to meet key standards and expectations, are an important step in achieving our ambitions.

“Many letting agents already do a great deal to improve standards and inspire confidence amongst landlords and tenants.

“The introduction of the code means a level playing field for all and ensures clarity on rights, responsibilities and expectations.”

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