New landlord registration system for Scotland goes live

A new digital application for Scotland’s register of landlords has gone live across the country.

Developed by Registers of Scotland for the Scottish Government, the new application has been designed in collaboration with local authority landlord registration officers over the past 12 months.

The application is aligned with Government Digital Standards, and can be accessed using a smartphone, tablet or computer. The new solution makes it 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.

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.”

The landlord register can be accessed at: www.landlordregistrationscotland.gov.uk.

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