On 16 September 2019, The Private Landlord Registration (Information) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 came into effect, introducing a more comprehensive, rigorous application process in order to raise general awareness amongst landlords of their legal requirements and to provide better assurance to private rented sector tenants of landlord competence and compliance. In short, the regulations have changed the landlord registration process with the aim to improve standards within the private rented sector in order that homes rented to tenants are of good quality and are being managed professionally.
As of 16 September 2019, private landlords now require to declare whether or not they comply with specific duties such as:
- The tolerable and repairing standards
- Fire and carbon monoxide safety
- Gas and electrical safety
- Private water supplies and legionella risk assessment
- Energy performance certificates, insurance and common repairs on tenement property
- HMO licences for Houses in Multiple Occupation
The regulations facilitate local authorities in making informed decisions as to whether a private landlord meets the criteria to be approved or not. It is worth bearing in mind that the new regulations do not impose new duties upon landlords. However, the introduction of the regulations certainly indicate that the Scottish Government are underlining the importance of compliance with the existing regulatory standards. This assists local authorities in ensuring that tenants' homes are safe, secure and of good quality and that private sector landlords are living up to the legislative responsibilities and standards which are imposed upon them. This will help to ensure that accountability and professionalism are met across the sector in Scotland.
Should you have any questions in relation to your duties as landlord or wish to know more about what the new registration regulations mean for you, please do not hesitate to get in contact with our Private Rented Sector Team.