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Private landlord registration

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
Licensing Section
Cunninghame House
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. 

Late renewals

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

Although not obliged to register by law, agents managing private rented properties are encouraged to register. Changes to legislation will make this a requirement during 2017. This will include a mandatory Code of Practice and training requirements. For more information see the Landlord Accreditation Scotland website.

The landlord whose properties you manage will need to list you on his or her application. The local authority will check that you are 'fit and proper' to be acting as a landlord.

More Information

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.