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Within Part 4 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014, Scottish Ministers have been required to establish a register of letting agents; applications will be required with decisions thereon within 12 months; applications for current agents had to be made before 1 October 2018; registration will subsist for five years with renewals required thereafter; applications might be refused or licences revoked on grounds shown; those whose licences have been revoked or refused will not be entitled to payment for any letting agent work (as defined); it will be a criminal offence to operate without valid registration; provision is made for there to be a Code of Practice to be followed; this is provided for under the Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations 2016 as updated to deal with the introduction of the new private residential tenancy regime under the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 from 1 December 2017. This licensing regime is to be enforced through the First-tier Tribunal. These provisions came into effect from 31 January 2018. (New – and different – provision has been introduced for prohibition of letting agents’ fees in England under the Tenants Fees Act from 1 June 2019.)

Scottish Older Client Law Service

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Bloomsbury Professional
Publication Date:
July 2022
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