All private landlords letting residential properties in Scotland must be registered to do so. You must register with each local authority in whose area you let property. If you own properties in more than one area, you can register online with one application, and this will reduce the total fee that you'll have to pay.
Apply for registration
Register and pay
Alternatively, complete and return a paper application form:
Send, with payment, to:
North Ayrshire Council
Irvine, KA12 8EE
Contact a member of the Landlord Registration Department on 01294 324305.
The principal fee for registration is £65 plus £15 per property.
If renewal deadline is missed, an automatic additional fee of £130 will be applied to any subsequent late application. For further information, please see Landlord Registration Information (PDF, 212kb).
You may be exempt from registering if one or more of the qualifying exemptions cover all the houses you let:
- letting part of your own home
- letting to the tenant of an agricultural holding or croft
There are some other minor exemptions, you can find out more from Renting Scotland. If you are just entering the market, you should register before letting property.
Property management agents
Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations 2016
The letting agent code of practice, is managed by the Scottish Government (not Local Authority) and came into force 31 January 2018.
Everyone carrying out letting agency work should have applied to join the Scottish Letting Agent Register by 1 October 2018. Anyone that failed to apply for registration by this date and has continued to do agency work since has been breaking the law.
The Code applies to every person who carries out letting agency work in Scotland, which is defined in section 61 (1) of the Act as: “things done by a person in the course of that person’s business in response to relevant instructions”. This includes collecting rent, inspecting the house and making arrangements for the repair, maintenance, improvement or insurance of the house).
Read further detail on the code of practice
Read further information on letting agent registration for landlords
If a tenant or landlord feels there has been a breach of the Code they can make an application to the First Tier Tribunal (Housing and Property Chamber)
More information can be found in our leaflet: Private Sector Advice - Support for all Housing Matters (PDF, 1.2mb).
Members of the public can search the register to find out whether a person or organisation is registered, or to get contact details for a particular rented property.