Are All Landlords Required By Law To Be Registered?


My partner has recently started a new tenancy. Due to her poor credit rating she was relieved to find a landlord who did not carry out a credit check on her but the downside is she does not have a tenancy agreement from him, it was a handshake agreement.

I expressed my concerns about this and it turns out her new landlord is not registered. The property does not have smoke and CO2 detectors installed, 5 lever mortice locks, etc.

Is it a legal requirement in Scotland for all private landlords to be registered? This individual apparently owns three other rental properties.


Yes all landlords have to registered. She should also have smoke alarms, CO2 monitors and yearly gas checks. Her landlord is breaking the law and is liable for thousands of pounds in fines.


Thanks Denise that is what I had thought.