Letting agent training
Upholding Scottish letting agent standards

Due to the COVID-19 situation and in-line with current guidance all training provided by LAS, for the foreseeable future, will be accessible on-line.

Landlord Accreditation Scotland provides a wide-range of training options for letting agents in Scotland:

LAS training courses

LAS run a series of training courses which are now delivered virtually, to enable letting agents to adopt best practice, ensure they remain updated with changes to legislation and how to deal with the day to day management of rental property and complete the number of required hours of CPD during each three year period of registration.

Letting agents do not need to be accredited to train with LAS. Anyone involved in letting property in the private rented sector in Scotland is welcome to attend.

The cost of the training is kept to an extremely affordable level to encourage as many letting agents as possible to attend.

The training is delivered by experienced tutors including housing law, tax and accreditation specialists ensuring that landlords and agents receive the most relevant information in an informal environment.

Core Standard training Level 1 courses

Level 1 courses form the foundation of your letting agent training.

Property Condition and Property Management

Training offered by LAS is relevant to letting agency staff and land managers with responsibility for rental properties in Scotland, and are an excellent way to keep up to date with legislative and best practice requirements in the day to day management of rental accommodation.

This course is delivered over two webinars and is designed to give a broad overview of the topics listed below and is suitable for landlords and letting agency staff of all levels of experience.

Course content:

  • Minimum property condition
  • Repairing standard
  • Providing clear statements and detailed inventory
  • Repairs and maintenance

Attending each session of this training can be recorded as 1 CPD hour for letting agency staff.

This course should be attended prior to attending the Level 2 course on Managing Common Repairs.

Tenancy Management

This course delivered over two webinars looks at a number of topics from starting a tenancy to communication with tenants throughout a tenancy.

The course is suitable letting agents regardless of the number of properties managed and length of time in the industry.

Course content

  • Communication with tenants
  • Pre-letting procedures
  • Tenancy deposit administration
  • Equality issues, complaints and disputes
  • Dealing with antisocial behaviour

Attending each session of this training can be recorded as 1 CPD hour for letting agency staff.

This course should be attended prior to attending the Level 2 course on Managing Tenant Complaints.

Tenancy Agreements and Notices

This course, delivered over two webinars concentrates on the new Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) and covers all the documentation and associated processes for a PRT. The course also provides clarification of the differences in operating a PRT and Short Assured Tenancy (SAT) that have run on past 1st December 2017.

Course content:

  • Types of tenancy agreement with emphasis on Private Residential Tenancies (PRT)
  • Contractual clauses
  • Grounds for repossession of Private Residential Tenancies and Assured/Short Assured Tenancies (SAT)
  • Serving notice for PRT and SAT

Attending each webinar can be recorded as 1 CPD hour for letting agency staff.

This course should be attended prior to attending the Level 2 course on Tenancy Agreements and Repossession

Core Standard training Level 2 courses

Level 2 courses follow on from their Level 1 counterparts, adding greater depth.

Managing Common Repairs

A landlord who lets flatted property, whilst solely responsible for the repairs and maintenance of that property, also takes on joint responsibility for the repairs and maintenance of the common parts of the building.

This course has been designed to provide landlords with a guide to the regulations involved in joint repairing responsibilities that come with the ownership of property with communal obligations.

Attending this course will provide essential information for letting agents to understand the limitations of their liability in terms of advice and assistance to their client landlords on this topic.  Core Standard level 1 course, Property Condition and Property Management, should have been attended prior to booking this course.

Course topics

  • Rights and obligations of tenement flat owners
  • Managing common repairs
  • Working with property factors
  • Managing payment for common repairs

This session can be recorded as 1 hour of CPD for letting agency staff.

Preparation for Possession Actions

This course deals with the process involved if a tenant does not leave a property on the stated end date despite all the appropriate notices having been served correctly.

The course covers:

  • Grounds for repossession under the Private Residential Tenancy
  • What happens when your tenant refuses to leave after the notices have expired
  • Preparation for making and application to the First- tier Tribunal

Attending this webinar can be recorded as 1 CPD hour.

This course requires delegates to have a good understanding of end of tenancy procedures prior to attending the course and delegates must have attended the Core Standard Level 1 training course, Tenancy Agreements and Notices.

Best Practice courses

Best practice courses can be attended at any time.

Creating Inventories and Adjudication

A well written, concise inventory is essential for any landlord who wishes to avoid lengthy disputes at the end of a tenancy over property condition and return of deposits.  It is also essential in aiding all landlords of private rented accommodation to comply with the Repairing Standard 2007.

With the introduction of Tenancy Deposit Schemes to Scotland a detailed inventory will be of the utmost importance in supporting a landlord in any dispute with a tenant regarding return of deposit that may arise.

Attendance at the course will provide you with a framework for preparation of a relevant inventory document and guidance on using that document at your final inspection.

Course Topics

  • Inventory preparation and writing
  • Routine visits/inspections
  • Tenancy deposit scheme evaluation process

Attending this training can be recorded as 75minutes of CPD for letting agency staff.

Landlord Tax – Obligations and Entitlement to Claim

NOT RUNNING AT THIS TIME  Carl Bayley, author of a number of excellent publications dealing with tax matters, is presenting this course for LAS.  The course will take a ‘back to basics’ approach and aims to provide landlords with an understanding of both their tax obligations as well as their entitlement to legitimate deductions.

The course is suitable for all those involved in letting residential property in Scotland and will run for 3 hours dealing with the following topics:

  • When and how to inform HMRC
  • Record keeping requirements
  • Capital expenditure
  • Allowable/non-allowable expenses
  • The Tax Return – filing and payment
  • Non-resident landlords

View and book all upcoming courses

CPD for letting agents

Letting agents are required to re-apply for registration every 3 years and keep their relevant training and qualifications up to date.

Qualified letting agents need to undertake 20 hours of continuing professional development during the 3-year period of registration which must include at least 15 hours of formal training.

LAS provide a range of courses specifically for this purpose.

View and book upcoming CPD courses.

In-house and bespoke training for letting agents

In-House Training:

Select any of our publicly run courses for an exclusive session for your team. Delivered by our expert tutors these 90 minutes sessions included a half hour question and answer session. If you or your team require training based around one of our currently running courses this is the ideal solution.

Our courses offer an hour and a half of CPD training for your staff and are completely exclusive to your team. For rates and to discuss dates and courses get in touch with our office today.

Bespoke Training:

A tailor-made course for you and your staff. Call our office and we’ll work with you to assess your staff’s training needs and prepare a bespoke course to fit those needs. Delivered by our expert tutors with time for a half hour question and answer session at the end.
If you need to quickly get several staff trained in one or more specific areas of Scottish Legislation call our office today for a consultation.

Contact us to discuss your options.

The Letting Agent Compliance Programme

A modular training programme to help agents understand and comply with The Letting Agent Code of Practice in Scotland.

The Letting Agent Compliance Programme

LETWELL qualification programme                           

LETWELL is a professional development programme and qualification for Scottish letting agents.

LETWELL qualification

Safeagent logo

Online courses from safeagent (NALS)

We have partnered with safeagent – formerly National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) – to provide a range of online training modules specifically for Scottish letting agents.

Access safeagent elearning