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CIH Scotland welcomes guidance on compulsory registration of letting agents

New guidance on the introduction of a compulsory register of lettings agents has been welcomed by housing professionals in Scotland.

The Scottish Government published the guidance on Monday, which relates to measures under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014, which requires that all lettings agents operating in Scotland must sign up to a new compulsory register by the end of September 2018.

The Act also requires letting agents to abide by a statutory code of practice and to fulfil certain minimum requirements on training.

“This new guidance provides welcome clarification on the roll-out of letting agent regulation and the establishment of a new register of letting agents in the course of next year,” said Annie Mauger, executive director of the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland.

“Fulfilling the requirements in relation to training in particular will require letting agents to plan ahead. Working in partnership with Landlord Accreditation Scotland, CIH Scotland has developed the LETWELL training programme with the specific purpose of helping letting agents meet their new legal obligations – but also to drive up standards within the sector more generally.

“I would encourage everyone working in the sector to familiarise themselves with this new guidance and to make sure they have plans in place to prepare for letting agent regulation when it comes into force next year.”

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