Section 13 – Property factor registered numbers
54.Subsection (1) requires the Scottish Ministers to allocate a number to each registered property factor. Under subsection (2), it is up to the Scottish Ministers to determine the form of this “property factor registered number” (for example, whether it is a sequence of numbers or a combination of numbers and letters).
55.Registered property factors must take reasonable steps to ensure that their property factor registered number is included in documents sent to a homeowner and in other material of a type specified by the Scottish Ministers by order (subsection (3)).
56.Any person who uses a number purporting to be a property factor registered number without being a registered property factor (and without reasonable excuse) commits an offence. The penalty for this offence is a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale (subsection (6)). By virtue of subsection (5), the offence is not committed by a property factor who has been removed from the register under section 8(1) until such time as all avenues of appeal provided by the Act against such removal have been exhausted.