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Eight weeks left for agents to apply to join new register in Scotland

There are now only eight weeks left for agents to apply to join a new statutory register which comes into effect in Scotland on October 1. 

Agents are required to join the register and key individuals in agencies must meet a minimum level of training. 

Should they fail to meet the standards expected they can be removed from the register, preventing them from operating as a letting agent.

A new code of practice which came into effect on January 31 this year sets out standards that must be met in how letting agents deliver services. It includes specific requirements on how clients’ money should be handled.

Landlords and tenants can use the code to challenge poor practice and, if necessary, enforce it through the new First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber).

“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” explains Scottish Government housing minister Kevin Stewart.

“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.

“The private rented sector provides a place to call home for hundreds of thousands of people – they deserve the necessary standards and protections to find and keep that home. The reforms we have introduced in private renting are the biggest changes for a generation and will deliver significant improvements, benefiting tenants and landlords.”

You can join the register here.

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