Registers of Scotland announced recently that a new digital application for Scotland’s register of landlords has gone live across the country. Developed by Registers of Scotland for the Scottish Government, the new application has been designed in collaboration with local authority landlord registration officers over the previous 12 months.
The application is aligned with Government Digital Standards and can be accessed using a smartphone, tablet or computer, making it much easier for anyone to search the public register of landlords; for landlords to apply for or renew their registration; and for local authorities to maintain the register in their areas.
Sheenagh Adams, the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland said:
“By working with the Scottish Government and local authorities, Registers of Scotland has developed a new landlord registration application that will bring significant benefits to the sector as a whole. The new application is a key part of our business transformation, utilising digital technologies that allow us to deliver even better value for the public. The collaboration has been extremely successful, and I would like to thank all of those involved for their hard work.”
Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing, said:
“This new application provides a better and more accessible service for those who need to use it. Crucially, it will reduce the time that local authority staff need to spend administering the system, freeing them up to target those landlords who either don’t or won’t comply with the landlord registration requirements. That will help to improve standards for the 700,000 people whose home is in the private rented sector.
“I am delighted by the collaboration between Registers of Scotland, the Scottish Government and local authorities on this project, and am grateful for the hard work of those who worked on it, including the many local authority landlord registration officers who helped to test it before it went live today.”
The landlord register can be accessed at: www.landlordregistrationscotland.gov.uk.
For further information on the landlord registration system please contact your Local Authority.