Glasgow council is introducing spot checks on HMO properties with the sanction of banning rent collection from tenants if an HMO is found to be unlicensed.
The local authority licences require similar checks on the properties' lighting, ventilation, utilities, sanitation, heating, personal washing and food preparation space as required south of the border.
The Glasgow Evening Times says that under the Housing (Scotland) Act, local council officers are allowed to enter living accommodation to ensure conditions imposed by the license are being respected. If a property is deemed not fit for occupation or the license holder has breached a condition of the license a report will be sent to the council and the license could be revoked.
Until now, HMOs were only inspected at the time when the HMO licence went forward for renewal.
During 2014/15 some 77 licence applications were submitted after properties were identified as unlicensed, and 33 continuing-unlicensed properties were taken out of HMO use.
The council says there are 3,067 HMO licences in Glasgow; in 2014 some 270 complaints were received about issues such as water leaking into neighbouring properties, noise and other forms of antisocial behaviour.
Since 2011, 72 landlords or agents have been referred to the Procurator Fiscal for HMO related offences