July 2014

Housing (Scotland) Bill

The Society submitted amendments at stage 3 of the Bill. The Society proposed that there should be provision for the removal of a letting agent from the register on request. A person may wish to be removed from the register for a number of reasons including change of career, retirement or sale of the business. The Society was pleased to see that this amendment was passed. The Society also called for an amendment which would void all contracts for letting agency concluded between a landlord and a letting agent where the letting agent is refused access to or removed from the register. The final amendment it has proposed is to delete s 51 (1) (b), removing the potential for bringing many people into the regulatory net who should not be included such as roofers, painters and decorators, builders, insurance companies, house factors and others.

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