Private Rented Housing

Private and rented housing

You will find all information below and within our related sections.

Landlord Registration

Through the Landlord Registration Scotland website, landlords and agents can apply for registration with all local authorities in Scotland, track their applications and inform local authorities of any changes to their details. 
Alternatively, if you cannot complete the registration online please contact the Landlord Registration officer on 0300 123 4510 and leave a message or email Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
Members of the public can search the registers of all local authorities to find out whether a person or organisation is registered, or to get contact details for a particular rented property.
The aim of landlord registration is to ensure that all private landlords in Scotland are ‘fit and proper’ to be letting residential property. The requirement will help local authorities to remove disreputable landlords from the market and protect tenants and their neighbours from the effect of antisocial behaviour and mismanaged property on the wider community.

Property Factors Register

The Property Factors Register was established as a result of the implementation of the Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011. The Act aims to set minimum standards of practice for the residential property and land management industry and to provide increased protection for homeowners who use the services of a property factor. The Property Factors Register is compulsory for residential property and land managers whether they are private sector businesses, local authorities or housing associations operating in Scotland.

Once the register is in force from 1 October 2012, it will be an offence to operate as a property factor without being registered.

Lead Tenancy Scheme

The Lead Tenancy Scheme (LTS) is whereby, East Dunbartonshire Council leases residential properties from landlords and agents for a term of three years which potentially may be renewed. These properties are then let by the council to homeless families in need of accommodation.

If your property is suitable for our LTS scheme, rent will be paid to you directly by East Dunbartonshire Council. The rent is guaranteed for the duration of the lease, whether the property is occupied or not.

We will provide a comprehensive housing management service. East Dunbartonshire Council will place occupants within the property during the time of the lease and will deal with any tenancy issues. Upon expiry of the lease, your property will be returned to you in the same condition as at lease commencement, less fair, wear and tear and with vacant possession.

Housing and Property Chamber

Housing and Property Chamber is a Tribunal operating in Scotland with support from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service. They have duties under several jurisdictions relating to the Housing and Property Chamber market in Scotland.  Areas the Housing and Property Chamber deal with include The Repairing Standard and Rent Reviews.

Landlord Accreditation Scotland

Landlord Accreditation Scotland (LAS) is a voluntary scheme by which landlords and letting agents can assure tenants that the tenancy arrangements they have adhere to the high standards outlined in the Scottish Core Standards for Accredited Landlords.

Landlords and letting agents can access information regarding the private rented sector from many different sources. However Landlord Accreditation Scotland provides information based on Scottish legislation and best practice within the industry.

Becoming accredited, along with regular attendance at courses and information events, provides landlords with knowledge on main issues and how to implement change when required, ensuring they have the confidence to conduct their business in a professional manner.

Section 11 Notice

From 1 April 2009, landlords and creditors have been required to inform the relevant local authority when they raise proceedings for repossession of a property, or serve certain notices relating to a mortgage.  This is to give local authorities early notice of households who may be at risk of homelessness due to eviction.

find a template of a Section 11 notice under the documents section of this page.

The completed document should be emailed to or posted to:

East Dunbartonshire Council
Landlord Registration Officer
Kirkintilloch Community Hub
2 – 4 West High Street
G66 1AD

Short Term Lets

Licensing of Short Term Lets As a result of the  Civic Government Scotland Act 1982 (Licensing of Short Term Lets) Order 2022 being passed by the Scottish Parliament, local authorities in Scotland must introduce a licensing scheme for properties operating as short term lets. The licensing scheme will start on 1 October 2022 and will cover all short term lets by July 2024. A copy of the guidance published by the Scottish Government on 18 March 2022 is available below:

A copy of the policy and additional information on how/when to apply etc is available from the Council’s Landlord Registration Officer who can be contacted vis email at and/or by calling 0300 123 4510

Rent Deposit Guarantee/Private Sector Scheme (RDGS)

If you have identified a property in the private sector that meets your housing needs; the Council’s RDGS may be able to assist you with a contribution towards the deposit and/or months rent in advance (up to the Local Housing Allowance rate that the household is entitled to).  

To apply for assistance from the scheme the Homelessness and Prevention Team will require the following information:

  • Household details i.e. name, date of birth etc
  • Agent/landlord contact details and registration number
  • Property you have been offered i.e. full address, monthly rent, deposit/rent in advance required

Please see links to useful websites that you may wish to visit for more information