Private Landlords

This page gives information on the rights and responsibilities of a private landlord.

Service Update

Due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect this is having on the private rented sector, it has been agreed that all communication to registered landlords will be issues via SMS (text message) from the UK Gov Notify service.

Should you have require any advice in relation to any communication you receive or any advice in relation to any issues you are facing within the sector due to COVID-19 please email the Landlord Registration Team on

We have prepared the Icon for pdf Private Landlord COVID-19 Procedure [57.05KB] and the Icon for pdf Tenants of Private Landlords COVID-19 FAQ [440.7KB] documents to help explain how services will be delivered during this time.


The Services We Provide

The Landlord Registration Service is in place to maintain the register of local landlords within West Lothian. Our aim is to maintain accurate records, assist with registration enquiries and to ensure privately rented properties in West Lothian are maintained to the current Repairing Standards.

We can provide advice and training to existing landlords, ensure un-registered landlords register and give advice or assistance to tenants in having repairs completed.


Contacting Us

You can report a concern in relation to a private rented property by completing our online Private Landlord Query Form.

You can report a concern in relation to a landlord of a private tenancy by completing our online form
Information for Private landlords on the eviction process
Information on how services have been affected by COVID-19 and the support available
All private owners and landlords renting residential property in Scotland have to apply for registration in the register of landlords.
Information about the responsibilities of a private landlord
Rent Arrears - Safe Deposit Scotland Resolution (COVID-19)
West Lothian Council's Private Sector Leasing (PSL) service
Information on good practice to maintain your property

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