All letting agents managing property in Scotland need to be aware of the Letting Agent Code of Practice being introduced by the Scottish Government in January 2018.

It sounds a long way off but the Code will require agents to make changes and train staff and that means preparation needs to start in offices across Scotland straight away.

Firstly, familiarise yourself with the requirements of the Code. The Scottish Government want to ensure the Private Rented Sector in Scotland is professional and credible. Everyone who manages properties will need to hold an SCQF Level 6 or above qualification. This professionalism should provide peace of mind and security to both landlords and tenants alike.

ARLA worked closely with the Scottish Government to ensure the coming measures are practical, workable and serve landlords, agents and tenants effectively. Agents now need to implement a realistic timetable for training to ensure they meet the requirements come the commencement of the register.

While it's essential that all letting agents are professionals offering high standards of service, achieving a qualification should never be a box ticking exercise. Completing the right qualification drives your credibility and equips you with tools to meet the challenges ahead. NFoPP SCQF Level 6 Technical Award in Residential Lettings & Property Management (Scotland) is regularly reviewed by an expert panel of industry professionals, agents and solicitors to ensure all areas essential for a credible lettings professional are covered.

But how do you find the time? While it's not a shortcut the NFoPP Official Technical Award Support Course boosts your learning to ensure that you focus on key areas for success and ARLA are staging dates at locations across Scotland in September and throughout the autumn.

To find out more visit the ARLA website, contact Jamie Barr by email or on 01926 417771.