Under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014, the Scottish Government has released a consultation regarding a framework for the regulation of letting agents in Scotland.
The consultation includes proposals on a range of topics including:
> a mandatory register of letting agents with an associated ‘fit and proper’ person test;
> a training requirement that must be met to be admitted to the register;
> a statutory code of practice all letting agents must follow;
> a way for tenants and landlords to resolve complaints against letting agents for breaches of the statutory Code of Practice through a new specialist First-tier Tribunal; and
> powers for Scottish Ministers to obtain information and to inspect to monitor compliance and enforce regulatory requirements.
You can read the paper and respond via the Scottish Government website. Responses can be submitted online up to Sunday 15 November 2015.