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Housing (Scotland) Act 2014

Letting agent enforcement orders

110.Section 48 provides that the route of redress where alleged breaches of the code of practice will be determined will be the FTT. Subsection (1) provides that a tenant or landlord or the Scottish Ministers may apply to the FTT for such a determination regarding a relevant letting agent. A “relevant” letting agent is defined at subsection (2). The purpose of this section is to make it clear the circumstances in which a tenant or landlord or the Scottish Ministers can raise a case with the FTT.

111.Subsection (3) provides that a landlord, tenant or the Scottish Ministers applying to have a case heard at the FTT under subsection (1) must specify why they believe the code has been breached by the letting agent. Subsection (4) provides that, before applying to the FTT, a tenant or landlord or the Scottish Ministers must tell the letting agent about the alleged breach of the code and subsection (5) provides that the FTT may reject the application if the letting agent has not been allowed a reasonable opportunity to rectify the matter.

112.Subsection (6) provides that the FTT must decide regarding an application made under subsection (1) whether a letting agent has complied with the code of practice. Subsections (7) and (8) relate to a letting agent enforcement order which must be issued if the letting agent has failed to comply with the code, and set out what the order may consist of.

113.Section 49 provides that the FTT may vary or revoke an enforcement order made under section 48.

114.Section 50 provides steps that may be taken by the FTT to establish if a letting agent enforcement order has been complied with. Subsection (2) provides that the FTT must notify the Scottish Ministers if it determines there has been a failure to comply. This allows the Scottish Ministers to take the matter into account for registration considerations under section 34.

115.Section 51 makes it an offence to fail to comply with a letting agent enforcement order.

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