A consultation has been launched on how to deal with unfair and illegal premiums that can prove a barrier to people getting into rented accommodation.
Housing Minister Keith Brown said:
"Responsible letting agents play an increasingly important role in the Scottish private rented sector with the majority operating in a thoroughly professional and above board manner.
"However, concern exists in relation to the legality of pre-tenancy charges made by some agents and we are determined to end this practice.
"I see this consultation as part of a process to help support the development of a professionally run letting agency industry in Scotland. For that reason I want the letting agent industry, landlord and tenant representative groups to be actively involved in the consultation."
The consultation runs until.28 May 2012 and members who wish to contribute to the Scottish Land & Estates' response should forward comments to the Head of Policy by 18 May 2012.