The Scottish Government today (24 August) launched a consultation which will gather opinions on the Letting Agents Code of Practice, and the requirement for letting agents to undergo training before they can be added to a register.
Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed to help determine the training requirements and finalise the code of practice.
“I welcome the Scottish Government’s calls for a private rented sector that provides good quality homes and high management standards. It should also inspire consumer confidence and encourage growth.
“This vision requires letting agents to help achieve this vision. The code of practise and the new framework will shape the industry to improve standards, whilst providing a good service to landlords and tenants.
“I urge constituents to get involved and help the Scottish Government finalise a draft code and influence the approach to the introduction of a training requirement. The outcome will help increase overall standards of service and professionalism within the letting industry and provide customers with an effective way to resolve complaints.
The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 introduces a framework for the regulation of letting agents in Scotland. This includes:
- A mandatory register for letting agents with an associated ‘fit and proper’ person test;
- A training requirement that must be met before an applicant can be admitted to the register;
- A statutory code of practice all letting agents must follow
- A way for tenants and landlords to resolve complaints against letting agents for breaches of this Code through a new specialist First-tier Tribunal; and
- Powers for Scottish Ministers to obtain information and of inspection to monitor compliance and enforce regulatory requirements.
- The statutory Letting Agents Code of Practice will be fundamental to the effectiveness of the new regulatory framework.
Notes to Editors
The consultation invites written responses by November 15 2015. The consultation can be accessed at http://www.gov.scot/consultations/current