Re­view of land­lord reg­is­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tion ‘a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity’ to raise aware­ness, says CIH Scot­land

Argyllshire Advertiser - - PROPERTY -

In its re­sponse to the Gov­ern­ment, the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Hous­ing Scot­land (CIHS) has called for all land­lords to make clear they are com­ply­ing with all of their le­gal obli­ga­tions when ap­ply­ing to the land­lord regis­ter and for en­force­ment when stan­dards are not be­ing met.

The land­lord reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem was es­tab­lished in 2006 and reg­is­ters are man­aged lo­cally by coun­cils.

All land­lords must be reg­is­tered and have to pass a ‘fit and proper per­son’ test to make sure they meet the re­quired stan­dards to let prop­er­ties. The pro­pos­als in­clude in­creas­ing reg­is­tra­tion fees in line with in­fla­tion, re­vi­sion of dis­counts and some changes to the in­for­ma­tion that land­lords have to pro­vide when they ap­ply to the regis­ter.

The pro­pos­als in­clude a re­quire­ment for ap­pli­cants to con­firm that they com­ply with a num­ber of le­gal obli­ga­tions.

These could in­clude state­ments re­lat­ing to the con­di­tion and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of the prop­erty; gas, elec­tri­cal and fire safety; and le­gal obli­ga­tions re­lat­ing to the ten­ancy and de­posit.

CIHS wants to see all land­lords proac­tively de­clare their com­pli­ance with the law which it be­lieves will en­cour­age higher stan­dards in the private rented sec­tor.

In ad­di­tion, the in­sti­tute has sup­ported calls for a re­duced reg­is­tra­tion fee for land­lords who have passed a train­ing course or are mem­bers of a pro­fes­sional body to en­cour­age vol­un­tary skills im­prove­ment and has warned the Gov­ern­ment against a dis­pro­por­tion­ate fee in­crease which would ul­ti­mately be met by ten­ants through higher rents.

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