Today is the deadline for agents operating in Scotland to join the Scottish Letting Agent Register. The Letting Agent Code of Practice was introduced on January 31 2018 and all agencies are required to follow the new rules.
If you currently carry out letting agency work in Scotland and want to continue doing so, you must submit an application to join the Scottish Letting Agent Register by the end of today, 1 October 2018. If you submit your application to the Register on time, you can continue to legally trade until your application has been determined.
For agents who fail to join the Register it will be a criminal offence to carry out letting agency work. Anyone not registered could be fined up to £50,000 or face up to six months imprisonment, or both.
- You can start or resume your application to the Register at: https://lettingagentregistration.gov.scot/
- The Scottish Government have compiled some Frequently Asked Questions or you can speak to a member of the registration team for assistance on completing and submitting your application firstname.lastname@example.org / 0300 244 6439.
NALS offers online training for agents to become compliant with the Scottish Letting Agent Register. Key individuals in each agency in a supervisory role must meet a minimum level of training. Those who have to be qualified as part of the registration process must have a relevant qualification covering essential aspects of letting agency work.
The Scottish Government has determined the NALS Foundation Lettings Course (Scotland) meets the training requirement for agents wishing to apply to the register. The qualification comprises of three modules, each with a test at the end, and a final test. The qualification is accredited by NCFE, a national Awarding Organisation. Candidates who successfully complete the course will be awarded an NCFE certificate. Further information is available here
Please note, you must have to have submitted an application to the Register by today to still keep trading, enrolment on the NALS Foundation Lettings Course (Scotland) alone is not sufficient to comply with the new rules.