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Have your say…Consultation on a draft statutory code of practice and training requirements for letting agents in Scotland

Monday, August 24th, 2015

The Scottish Government consultation on the Letting Agents Code of Practice and training requirement has been launched today and runs until 15 November 2015.

This consultation paper sets out a draft statutory Letting Agent Code of Practice and proposals for a training requirement that those applying to the Letting Agent Register must have met to be admitted. Responses to this consultation will assist The Scottish Government in finalising a draft Code and inform their approach to the introduction of a training requirement.

Part 1 of the consultation seeks views on a draft Letting Agent Code of Practice and Part 2 on proposals for the training requirement.

The framework for regulation is summarised as:
•A mandatory register for letting agents with an associated ‘fit and proper’ person test
•A training requirement that must be met before an applicant can be admitted to the register
•A statutory code of practice all letting agents must follow
•A way for tenants and landlords to resolve complaints against letting agents for breaches of this Code through a new specialist First-tier Tribunal
•Powers for Scottish Ministers to obtain information and inspect/monitor/enforce regulatory requirements