June 2014

Housing (Scotland) Bill

The Society submitted stage 2 amendments to the Bill in May.  The bill proposes to require Scottish Ministers to establish and maintain a register of letting agents and grants them the power to issue a code of practice. Proposals also provide Scottish Ministers with the power to remove a registered letting agent from the register if they are satisfied that the person is no longer a fit and proper person to carry out letting agency work.  The Society is supportive of the proposal to regulate letting agents, however suggested it should not be compulsory for solicitors to be part of the regime, as they are already subject to stringent rules of admission and practice and detailed rules covering professional ethics and conduct.   The Society was successful in tabling amendments to the bill to remove the compulsory inclusion of solicitors to the register, however the amendments were defeated 4-3 at stage 2.

Read the full amendments.