Scottish Government update framework for letting agent compliance

Requirements and expectations have been clarified in an update provided to Scotland’s private rented sector (PRS), particularly on training and registration.

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The Regulation of Letting Agents Monitoring and Compliance Framework sets out the Scottish Ministers’ approach to ensuring compliance by letting agents and explains the ways in which compliance will be monitored. 

In a recent update to the Framework, the Scottish Government has emphasised the requirement for training to be undertaken by letting agents, highlighting that Ministers can revoke or refuse an application to the Scottish Letting Agent Register where an agent is not complying with training expectations. 

In addition to meeting the required training standards, the updated Framework makes clear that it is the applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate that they meet the ‘fit and proper person’ test, as defined by the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014.  The amended Framework also outlines Scottish Ministers’ expectation that lettings activity carried out by unregistered agents will cease while an application to the Letting Agent Register is considered.  

Training for letting agents

To meet the requirements of the Scottish Letting Agent Register, 15 hours of formal training are required over a three-year period. Propertymark’s training courses can be attributed to continuing professional development (CPD) and are available at foundation, intermediate and advanced levels. They will also keep agents compliant and at the forefront of the profession.

For agents practising in Scotland, the minimum training required by law is covered by Propertymark Qualifications Level 6 Award in Residential Letting and Property Management – Scotland, completion of which meets the qualification criteria for registration.