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New landlord registration system goes live

A new digital application for a register of landlords has gone live across Scotland.

The application will make it significantly easier for anyone to search the public register of landlords; for landlords to apply for or renew their registration; and for local authorities to maintain the register in their areas.

Developed by Registers of Scotland for the Scottish government, it is aligned with government digital standards, and can be accessed using a Smartphone, tablet or computer.   

Kevin Stewart, minister for local government and housing, said: “This new application provides a better and more accessible service for those who need to use it. Crucially, it will reduce the time that local authority staff need to spend administering the system, freeing them up to target those landlords who either don’t or won’t comply with the landlord registration requirements. That will help to improve standards for the 700,000 people whose home is in the private rented sector.

“I am delighted by the collaboration between Registers of Scotland, the Scottish Government and local authorities on this project, and am grateful for the hard work of those who worked on it, including the many local authority landlord registration officers who helped to test it before it went live today.”

By working with the Scottish government and local authorities, Registers of Scotland has developed a new landlord registration application that will bring significant benefits to the sector as a whole, according to Sheenagh Adams, the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland.

Adams commented: “The new application is a key part of our business transformation, utilising digital technologies that allow us to deliver even better value for the public. The collaboration has been extremely successful, and I would like to thank all of those involved for their hard work.”