Local letting agents body formed

This week sees the launch of a new representative body for letting agents in Dumfries and Galloway operating in the private rented housing sector (PRS).

LetScotland – the Association of Professional Letting Agents in Scotland – will provide a voice for honest, ethical, professional letting agents.

LetScotland will make the case for a strong, sustainable and successful PRS. It will be interacting with anyone who has an interest in private rented housing. That includes local authorities, the Scottish government, the Scottish Association of Landlords, and tenant interest groups, including Shelter.

Private rented housing is a rapidly expanding market in Scotland, and thousands of people here in Dumfries and Galloway choose that option.

LetScotland chairman Malcolm Warrack, who is also managing director of Cullen Property. said: “We exist to provide a voice for letting agents in Dumfries and Galloway, which is currently missing. We want to ensure that the important role of the private rented sector and its practitioners is positively reflected in public.

“We believe in the private rented sector and the benefits it can bring to the Dumfries and Galloway housing mix. The private rented sector plays a crucial role in local housing provision. As is the case with home ownership and social rental, private rental can be an affordable, enduring and attractive housing option throughout Scotland as it is in many other countries.

“Our shared aim as letting agents is to support and enable the long-term growth of the private rented sector. That means encouraging a positive relationship between the ‘tripod’ which holds the sector together – landlords, agents and tenants – overseen by sensible and positive government regulation.”