Prescribed Information went live for landlords letting property in Scotland on 16 September 2019. This change requires landlords to declare their compliance, or otherwise, with the various obligations involved in letting property when they make a new or renewal application.
These obligations are not new; landlords should already be meeting them if they are letting property in Scotland. But it is hoped that bringing them to the fore during the application process will help remind landlords of the steps they must take in order to be compliant with the law.
For more information on the background to the changes the rationale for introducing them and how they will be enforced, read our earlier blog post, Scottish government announce changes to landlord registration in Scotland.
Initial indications reveal that some landlords are declaring non-compliance across some key safety obligations, such as GasSafe and smoke and fire detection. Local authorities are actively engaging with these landlords to rectify any issues, before the application is approved.
If you are not sure whether you meet your landlord responsibilities you should seek further information. There are a variety of online resources to help landlords understand and fulfil their obligations, for example;
- Renting your property out – Scottish Government web-pages
- Information for Landlords – rentingscotland web-site
- Landlords’ rights and responsibilities – Shelter Scotland web-site
Additionally local authority registration teams can provide advice and assistance. Many have developed checklists for private landlords (and tenants).
Where landlords cannot or will not meet their obligations the application for registration cannot be approved, so it is important to make sure you are compliant.