14
Mar
2018

Letting Agency Registration

Who needs to register

If you do letting agency work in Scotland you are required by law to comply with a Letting Agent Code of Practice and to join a Register of Letting Agents.

The Register of Letting Agents is a list run by Scottish Ministers that makes sure every letting agent is suitable to do the job and has met minimum training requirements.

Registration requires evidence that everyone in our business (who needs to) has the relevant qualification covering the essential aspects of residential letting.

The Letting Agent Code of Practice is being introduced with the intention of protecting landlords and tenants and eradicating poor quality housing. It states that it will “help raise standards (where this is needed), and help build a more effective private rented sector that meets the needs of tenants, landlords and letting agents”

It will be a criminal offence to carry out letting agency work in Scotland if you are not on the register – with the possibility of fines of up to £50,000 and prison sentences of up to six months for those convicted.

At the moment, Struan Baptie Property Management Ltd are currently working hard to gain the relevant qualifications and as soon as we have obtained our certificates, we will register with the Register of Letting Agents.

“I must admit I was a bit concerened with the prospect of going back to study! Although, I felt confident in my ability and knowledge in the business, the training has been a huge benefit and I have learned so much more and in turn, have been able to pass this information on to my colleagues.” (Louise Todd – Office Manager)

 

 

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Coronavirus Update from Struan Baptie Property Management Ltd

As you will be aware we are in the midst of an outbreak of the coronavirus Covid-19. The Scottish Government has recommended that businesses take steps to allow its staff to work from home to reduce personal contact and to help reduce the spread of the virus.

We do not wish to take any risks with the health and wellbeing of our team and to that end, we are allowing staff to work from home. This will have some implications on our business for all our clients and tenants.

If you have a general enquiry please email contact@sb-pm.co.uk or if your query is in regards to rent please email melissa@sb-pm.co.uk

Of course if you know the email address of the person you wish to get in touch with, please email them directly. If you have the direct dial number of the team member you wish to speak to, this will forward to that person’s mobile phone. We urge you to communicate by email in the first instance. It will most likely be answered more quickly.

We aim to remain fully operational throughout this period. Rent processing will continue as normal and we will continue to deal with emergency repairs and maintenance and all aspects of property management. Routine property inspections, viewings and new tenancy agreements during this period will be postponed to a future date.

I trust that you understand why these precautions are necessary and appreciate your support.
Kind Regards,

Struan Baptie
Director