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(1)The Scottish Ministers may prepare and issue a code of practice, to be known as the Letting Code, making provision about the standards of management of—
(a)any relevant person who enters into, or who seeks to enter into, a lease or occupancy arrangement by virtue of which an unconnected person may use a house as a dwelling, and
(b)any other person who acts for such a relevant person in relation to such a lease or occupancy arrangement.
(2)The Scottish Ministers must, from time to time, review any Letting Code issued under subsection (1) and may, following such a review—
(a)vary it, or
(b)revoke and replace it.
(3)The Scottish Ministers must, before preparing, varying or replacing any Letting Code—
(a)publish, in such manner as they think fit, an assessment of the effectiveness of any existing obligations and voluntary arrangements which relate to any standards of management which a Letting Code may make provision about, and
(i)such bodies representing local authorities,
(ii)such bodies representing private sector landlords, and
(iii)such other persons,
as they think fit about the need for, and the terms of, the Letting Code or variation proposed.
(4)An assessment under subsection 3(a) above must, in particular, assess the effectiveness of—
(a)the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984 (c. 58), and
(b)registration under this Part,
in dealing with harassment, unlawful eviction or unlawful management practices.]
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