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CIH Scotland welcomes new Scottish Government guidance on registration of letting agents


The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has welcomed the publication today (27 February 2017) of new guidance from the Scottish Government on the registration of letting agents

Under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014, all letting agents operating in Scotland are required to 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.

Commenting on the new guidance, CIH Scotland Executive Director Annie Mauger said:

“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. 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.”




Notes to Editors


1. New guidance on the introduction of a compulsory register of letting agents from 30th September 2018 has been published today (27 February 2017) by the Scottish Government:

2. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at:

3. Further information about the LETWELL programme is available at:

4. For further information, please contact: Annie Mauger, Executive Director, CIH Scotland -

5. Download our new blog: letting agents need to get in gear

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