Scotland’s largest landlord organisation has reported a sharp surge in membership as large and small scale landlords seek to understand and implement the raft of new regulations governing the private rented sector (PRS).
The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) says membership numbers are up almost 20% in 12 months with rises amongst letting agents, individual landlords and businesses.
The organisation attributes the growth to the new regulations brought in to regulate the PRS in Scotland, with landlords and letting agents seeking to ensure they comply to allow them to provide high quality homes.
Since 2016, a raft of new regulations has been brought in for the PRS in Scotland governing areas such as:
- Deposit protection
- Electrical safety
- Water safety
- New tenancy agreements for landlords
- Mandatory training and registration for letting agents
As part of its membership, SAL provides:
- A helpline where landlords and letting agents can ask questions and get advice
- Regular local branch meetings across Scotland to hear about changes with the opportunity to ask questions of experts.
- Extensive downloadable resources which comply with the new rules
- Political and media engagement to promote the interests of responsible landlords
- Discounts to members to help them cut the costs of complying with regulations
John Blackwood, chief executive of the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL), said: “In the past few years, we have seen new regulations for the PRS covering electrical safety, water safety, deposit protection and the registration and training of letting agents. This is in addition to the private residential tenancy which came in to force for all new lets in December 2017.”
“As a result, we have seen membership increase, an increase in calls to our helpline, full rooms at our regular branch meetings, sold out training sessions and a record number of downloads of the resources we provide on our website. We hope that this activity will ensure that landlords and letting agents are fully up to date with changes to the rules and are able to continue to provide high quality accommodation across Scotland.”
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Scottish Association of Landlords (https://www.scottishlandlords.com/)
Established in 2001 having developed from various local groupings of landlords and letting agents, the Scottish Association of Landlords quickly grew to be the largest and only dedicated national landlords organisation representing landlords and agents throughout Scotland.
Through our fourteen local branches and with members from Shetland to Stranraer, the organisation has strong links with Scottish local authorities and actively campaigns at local and national level on behalf of members. Our acclaimed training programme, delivered through sister organisation Landlord Accreditation Scotland (LAS), offers our members the opportunity to meet locally and learn from each other’s experience as well as gaining knowledge from some of the country’s most experienced industry trainers.
Policy, lobbying and campaigning has been an important aspect of SAL’s work since our inception. Our Policy & Parliamentary Affairs department works at the heart of government in the Scottish Parliament, as well as Westminster where relevant, with most of housing matters devolved to Holyrood