Highlands represented on national letting body


The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has boosted its Scottish representation. It has created four Scottish sub-regions each with its own representative. This is because of the page of legislative development affecting rented residential property in Scotland.


Inverness-based Kathleen Gell, who is the lettings director at local residential lettings specialists Simply Let, has been appointed on a voluntary basis as the ARLA representative for the Highlands, Islands and Argyll.


With more than 30 regions in England and Wales, ARLA has regarded Scotland as one region in the past. Kathleen considered that inappropriate given the welter of new legislation currently affecting letting agents in Scotland and given also the diversity of lettings management within Scotland. She had pushed as an ARLA member for greater Scottish representation.


Senior management within ARLA took her concerns on board and the body is now actively increasing its presence in Scotland with a series of regional meetings planned.


Kathleen is passionate about making the rented sector more professional and raising standards.


She has two main concerns – to ensure agents managing properties in Scotland and licensed by ARLA will be proud to shout about their unique and distinctive selling point when the Letting Agent Regulation comes into force in 2018, after which all agents will be able to proclaim that they are government regulated, and to ensure that the new tenancy regime due to be introduced in 2017 doesn’t discourage investment in the sector and reduce much needed housing supply.

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