Weed them out & read the signs

Serious Organised Crime affects every community. Members of Organised Crime Groups are ruthless, selfish and bring misery to people’s lives.  They use businesses both to launder proceeds of previous crimes and to facilitate their continuing criminality. 

Certain business sectors are particularly appealing to Serious Organised Crime Groups, the property rental sector being one. 

Serious organised crime task forceProperties can be used for cannabis cultivation, sexual exploitation, accommodating trafficked persons, as unlicensed Houses of Multiple Occupancy and be let by unregistered landlords.  

This can impact negatively on tenants, landlords and letting agents who conduct their business in a lawful manner and undermines their commercial competitiveness. 

Operation Thero is Police Scotland’s overarching investigation into the property rental and development sector targeting businesses with links to Organised Crime.

Information and advice can be accessed from the links below to help raise awareness and reduce the vulnerability of individuals, properties and businesses. 

Human trafficking: how a landlord can helpPolice Scotland is calling on landlords to help tackle human trafficking in Scotland by being aware and alert to the problem in our communities.

Cannabis Cultivation: What should I know as a Landlord? - Information for landlords regarding the signs of commercial cannabis cultivation and what steps you can take to protect yourself and your property.

Additional information for landlords

If you’re a landlord letting out your own property in Scotland, you must register with Landlord Registration central online system for Scotland.


You must have a licence to rent out your property as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Scotland. A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a property rented out by at least 3 (unrelated) people who share the bathroom or toilet and kitchen. It can also be known as a house share.


The Repairing Standard, contained in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006, covers the legal and contractual obligations of private landlords to ensure that a property meets a minimum physical standard.


Safeguarding Tenancy Deposits - A tenancy deposit scheme is a scheme provided by an independent third party to protect deposits until they are due to be repaid.


The tenant information pack provides important information to tenants who rent their homes privately. From 1 May 2013, landlords have a legal duty to provide new tenants with this pack.


Useful links