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The Scottish Association of Landlords is the largest and only dedicated national organisation that represents landlords and letting agents throughout Scotland.

Letting agents are directly represented by our Council of Letting Agents (the CLA).

We support and represent our members interests through providing resources and assistance as well as delivering lobbying and campaigning work.

About us

SAL membership benefits

  • Free unlimited access to specialist letting advice helpline. We answer your queries and advise how to overcome any problems you may have related to letting.
  • Ask all your questions of our expert staff such as - what are your legal obligations around repairs, how to issue notices, or how to evict problem tenants.
  • Save money - we offer discounts on good and services via suppliers
  • Paperwork you can rely on - know you're using the correct Scots legally compliant documents.
  • SAL members can download our regularly updated tenancy agreements, notices and associated documents for use in Scotland, adaptable to your own needs
  • Have the knowledge to stay a step ahead using our factsheets – all the essential information to help you run your letting business, whatever the scale you operate on
  • Local meetings - meet SAL staff and fellow local members, share experiences, make useful contacts
  • Update your skills with local training from Landlord Accreditation Scotland –  Core Standards modules are free of charge to SAL members, Best Practice sessions are available at discounted rates
  • Discounted additional training seminars
  • Annual National Landlord Day major conference and exhibition (November)
  • Annual letting agent conference and exhibition - the Agency Business (May) 
  • Landlord Focus magazine - published three times per year
  • Regular news and policy updates by email
  • Resources online and on paper by request
  • Peace of mind that SAL is there for you if problems occur

SAL background, structure and governance

Established in 2001 having developed from various local groupings of landlords and letting agents, the Scottish Association of Landlords quickly grew to be the largest and only dedicated national landlords organisation representing landlords and agents throughout Scotland. Through our fourteen local branches and with members from Shetland to Stranraer, the organisation has strong links with Scottish local authorities and actively campaigns at local and national level on behalf of members. Our acclaimed training programme, delivered through sister organisation Landlord Accreditation Scotland, offers our members the opportunity to meet locally and learn from each others experience as well as gaining knowledge from some of the country’s most experienced industry trainers.

Policy, lobbying and campaigning has been an important aspect of SAL’s work since our inception. Our Policy & Parliamentary Affairs department works at the heart of government in the Scottish Parliament, as well as Westminster where relevant, with most of housing matters devolved to Holyrood.

The Council of Letting Agents (CLA)
In response to the significant growth in numbers of letting agent members the Council of Letting Agents (or CLA) was set up in early 2013 as a separate wing of the organisation, to directly represent and promote the interests of letting agents in Scotland. The CLA ‘voice’ represents the collective opinion of our member letting agents and it is acknowledged that at times this may differ to that of the interests of landlord members of SAL. The CLA can be contacted via cla@scottishlandlords.com

SAL successfully lobbied for a Cross Party Group on Housing and SAL was proud to act as the secretariat for many years. We continue to take an active role in the group, representing the private rented sector in Scotland. This group has one of the highest number of member MSPs of any Cross Party Group (CPG) and is convened by Margaret McDougall MSP. At the Group, MSPs take the opportunity to question SAL and other housing specialists on private renting in Scotland as well as a variety of other housing related topics.

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) is a run as a limited company and managed by a board of six directors elected on a rolling basis by the membership at the AGM. The board is responsible for the SAL business plan including the development and implementation of all policies, partnerships and activities. 

Chairman Stephen Peasnall
 Chief executive John Blackwood

Committee work

SAL is represented on relevant groups and committees operating in Scotland. Should you hear of a local committee or group where the interests of private landlords should be represented, please let us know at  policy@scottishlandlords.com 

Members please let us know your views and opinions on the issues affecting you. These are used to inform the SAL policy position.


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