Landlord Accreditation Scotland (LAS) is a voluntary scheme which helps landlords assure tenants that the tenancy arrangement they have adheres to the high standards as outlined in the Scottish Core Standards for Accredited Landlords. It is also a means quality landlords operating within these standards receive the recognition and support they deserve.
The standards were designed to be reasonable and realistic; landlords who already carry out good management practices will find themselves well on the way to achieving them. Once accredited, you are required to attend one of the LAS Core Standards training session annually. Courses are available around the country throughout the year.
How to become and Accredited Landlord Today?
You can apply to become an accredited Landlord by completing the online form here or by requesting an application form from the LAS office.
Next Training Webinars
LAS continue to host training webinars to ensure landlords can hear how they can continue to manage their tenancies using best practice guidelines. The next webinars to be held will be:
The Scottish Government is consulting on the minimum energy efficiency standards for the private rented sector.
This is your chance to have your say. The proposed minimum standards will be:
- EPC E for new lets from April 2020, and all properties with a minimum EPC rating E by April 2022
- EPC D for new lets from April 2022, and all properties minimum EPC rating D by April 2025
If your private rented property does not meet EPC band E then you may be required to bring it up to standard within the set timeframe.
You can also find advice and information about private sector housing, such as your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, landlord or homeowner at our new private housing pages.
Fire Safety in the Private Sector
The Scottish Government recently issued information about changes to legislation which will affect private sector properties. This explains what every house in Scotland will require by way of fire and smoke detection within the next 2 years.
Landlord Accreditation Scotland – Training Courses
The next LAS training course -‘Tenancy Agreements & Notices’ is taking place on 26 September 2018 in Arbroath. Please click here for more detail and to book your place on the training session
Please keep checking the blog for housing and landlord updates
What do they do?
Landlord Accreditation Scotland (LAS) is a voluntary scheme set up to promote and support landlords and letting agents in Scotland by accrediting their property management skills. The scheme is run by landlords for landlords.
LAS Aims to:
- promote best practice and continuous improvement of standards in the private rented sector in Scotland
- provide tenancy management advice to landlords and letting agents giving tenants reassurance that they can expect their landlord or letting agent to operate high management standards through an ongoing programme of training throughout the country
Who recognises accredited landlords and letting agents?
LAS works in partnership with local authorities across Scotland, to maximise contact with all Scottish landlords and agents. Local authorities recognise that those who have chosen to meet accreditation standards are those providing the best service for tenants in that area. The Scottish Government supports the aims and objectives of LAS, and recognises the good practice of accredited landlords and agents.
What is the benefit of being accredited with LAS?
LAS offer Scottish landlords and letting agents a method of recognition in an industry where professionalism is paramount. By becoming accredited, you have access to a wide range of training, information and support documents, as well as regular email updates to help you provide the highest management standards.
Training & Information
LAS provide training on a wide range of topics aimed at all levels of knowledge and experience in the private rented sector. An example of course topics is as follows:
Core Standard Training
Level 1 Property Condition & Property Management Tenancy Management, Tenancy Agreement & Notices
Level 2 Managing Common Repairs Managing Tenant Complaints, Tenancy Agreements & Repossession
Best Practice Training
Dealing with Abandonment Creating Inventories Health & Safety Requirements Landlord Tax
Landlord Accreditation Scotland Hopetoun Gate, 8b McDonald Road, Edinburgh EH7 4LZ Tel: 0131 553 2211
From 31 January 2018, all letting agents in Scotland must comply with the Letting Agent Code of Practice and, by October 2018, must join the Register of Scottish Letting Agents. Failure to do so could lead to a fine of £50,000 or a six month prison sentence, or both.
The statutory Letting Agent Code of Practice sets out the minimum standards that letting agents must meet in managing their business and providing services to tenants and landlords, including training, financial services and insurance.
Information on letting agent registration, including how to apply, is available here.
What if a tenant thinks the code has been breached?
Under the code, letting agents must have a written complaints procedure for handling complaints and they must make that available to their customers on request. If an agent has failed to do what the Code of Practice says they’re expected to do, the first step is for a landlord or a tenant to make a formal complaint to the agent.
If the agent does not resolve the complaint within a reasonable time, then the landlord or tenant can make an application to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing & Property Chamber). More information on applying to the Housing and Property Chamber is available on the Tribunal website.