What landlords in Scotland need to know about Licensing!

April 6, 2017

Landlords in Scotland should be aware of the need to register with Landlord Registration central online system for Scotland. Here we provide the information you need to know. If you would like specific guidance, please contact one of our offices and we can explain how we can help make this process simple and hassle free.


What if I don’t register as a landlord?

Any landlord who has not submitted a valid landlord registration application is letting illegally. If the council finds out you are letting without a valid landlord registration it will request you to apply immediately. If it has to issue two requests, you will have to pay an additional fee of £110 on top of the normal landlord registration fees.

The maximum penalty for letting out property when not a registered landlord is £50,000. Also a ban can be imposed on being registered as a landlord in any council area for a period of up to five years.

Advertising your property

Since 1 June 2013, when a property is advertised, landlords have had to include their registration number in all adverts.

Landlord registration discounts

Some discounts apply to landlord registration fees:

  • If you already have an HMO licence, you won’t have to pay the principal fee for landlord registration, and will only have to pay the property fee for any properties you rent out that aren’t HMOs.
  • If you have to register as a landlord in more than one council area, you can get a 50% discount on each subsequent landlord registration application.
  • If you apply online, you’ll receive a 10% discount to your landlord registration application.

In addition, charities are exempt from paying the principal and property landlord registration fees.

Fines and penalties

You may be surprised to learn of the onerous penalties for non-compliance. If you rent out a property without being a registered landlord, you could be:

  • fined up to £50,000!
  • banned from being registered for up to 5 years!
  • served with a notice stating that rent will not be payable on your property for a certain period!

If your tenant or a visitor of your tenant behaves in an anti-social manner, you could be served with an anti-social behaviour notice. If you fail to comply with the terms of the notice, you could:

  • be fined up to £5,000
  • be subject to a management control order where your local council will take control of the property for up to 1 year and receive any rent

You could also be fined up to £1,000 if you:

  • give the council false or misleading information
  • don’t give all the information you’re asked for
  • don’t tell your local council of any changes to the information you have given
  • don’t tell the council when you appoint an agent to act on your behalf


We at Northwood are experts in this area and are here to help you navigate the increasing regulatory burden on landlords. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for advice without obligation.

Contact one of the team in our offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Falkirk or Glasgow. We are here to help.



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