Landlord registration fees
When you apply to be a landlord you are required to pay a fee. This is used to process your application.
The fee is broken down into a principal fee and a property fee. The correct fee must be paid when you apply for registration.
Available exemptions or discounts are automatically applied:
- there is no fee for HMO properties
- there is no fee for Scottish-registered charities
- for joint/multiple owners, only the lead owner has to pay the principal fee; all other owners can apply free of charge
- when you apply online to more than one local authority, you receive a 50% discount on the principal fee, reducing it to £37.50 per local authority
Please note: fees cannot be refunded if an application is refused.
Principal and property fees explained
|Application with a single local authority
|Two or more applications with different local authorities
|£37.50 per local authority
|Property cost for each property rented out by the landlord
You must renew your registration every 3 years if you wish to continue to act as a landlord. If you do not renew your registration before it expires, you’ll be charged a late fee of £149. The late fee also applies to unregistered landlords who have received two requests to register from the local authority.
Please note: Late fees do not have any discount applied.
If you use a letting agent to manage your property they should be registered on the Letting Agent Register.
If someone else manages your property
If your property is managed by someone who is not a letting agent, such as a family member or power of attorney they’ll need to register with the local authority on the Landlord Register as an agent and pay the same principal fee. The same discounts apply.
You’ll be liable for the fee as part of your application if your agent:
- is not registered
- has not submitted an application to be registered
How to pay
You can pay online using a debit or credit card. If you register through your local authority, speak to them about payment options.