Who we are

The CLA (Council of Letting Agents) represents Scotland’s leading letting agents. It is the largest professional association of its kind and is at the head of the lettings industry in Scotland.

The Council of Letting Agents (CLA) represents Scotland’s leading letting agents. It is the largest professional association of its kind and is at the head of the lettings industry in Scotland.

The CLA policy position is steered by the CLA policy group of five agent members, appointed in November 2014 for a one year term, all having been part of the initial one year CLA steering group which led the CLA development during 2013-14.

The CLA ‘voice’ thus represents the collective opinion of our member letting agents and we encourage all our members to feed in by email or phone. We are aware that at times the CLA position may differ to that of the landlord members of SAL and welcome this difference. Landlords and agents are in the same industry, so we believe working together as much as possible as equal parts of SAL, the leading trade body in the country, makes us all stronger.

Amanda Wiewiorka is the chair of the policy group and additionally represents letting agents via her position on the SAL board of directors.

Policy group members

Mike Campbell
CLA director

Mike is CLA (Council of Letting Agents) director at SAL. He has worked in housing management for over 30 years, both in local government and the Private Rented Sector (PRS) as a landlord and since 2003 owner and manager of letting agency businesses. Mike continues to maintain an active interest in social housing and is a non-executive director of Clyde Valley Property Services, a subsidiary of Clyde Valley Housing Association and is on the board of CIH Scotland. Committed to raising standards within the PRS, Mike is a member of SAL Council of Letting Agents’ policy group.

Amanda Wiewiorka
Wardhaugh Property

Since acquiring Wardhaugh in 2009 Amanda has grown the business into one of the largest letting agents in Angus. During her first five years of business she has experienced dramatic growth and embarked on a steep learning curve, not only in understanding the sector but also the challenges of managing a growing business. Engaging with the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) and utilising the support and training offered was key to the early success of her business. Amanda remains active within SAL and has recently been appointed to the board of directors.

The CLA offers a crucial link that combines the expertise and industry knowledge of the Scottish Association Landlords with the strong business support and guidance that a letting agent requires to help its members sustain a successful commercial business. Amanda believes the CLA is the only member body that recognises the importance of not only industry but also commercial challenges of its members.

Duncan McDonald
Broughton Property Management

Duncan joined Broughton Property Management during 2002 since when he has helped it grow substantially and develop. Originally an engineer, his skill set, experience and knowledge of running structured companies with multiple disciplines has proved transferable. From the outset Duncan understood the need to employ correct procedures throughout, including training and control of finances. It was evident to him in those early days that the letting agent business sector lacked the professionalism clients should have relied on, was open to abuse and with little control. Enforced licensing seemed an inevitability.

In joining the CLA steering group it offered a vehicle and opportunity to influence public perception of letting agents by creating the professional standards both client landlords and tenants alike should expect. Our group also recognises a step change in standards is neither desirable nor achievable but by the initial achievement of acceptable basic standards, for the future we can also raise the bar.