Glasgow councillors are debating whether to grant an HMO licence to a landlord after hearing that he was fined for an unrelated act of intimidation more than four years ago.

Local media report that despite Alan Mackin having been a landlord for 30 years without any reported problems, the licensing and regulatory committee has decided it needs more information about an incident in his private life before issuing a licence for his Edwin Street property.

Scotland has a national registration scheme that requires all private landlords to apply for a licence; next year’s Renters Reform Bill could potentially introduce something similar in England.

Councillors heard that he was fined £750 in 2019 for engaging in a course of conduct causing another person fear and alarm, which took place in 2017.

Eye-watering bill

Mackin, 66, had followed a solicitor and loitered outside his home after getting an “eye watering” legal bill for handling his divorce, police sergeant David Gilmore told councillors.

He said the landlord had been in a dispute with a Glasgow company, repeatedly loitering outside the home address of one of the partners and then running past him in the street “acting in an intimidating manner”.

‘No connection’

Representing Mackin, who lets 10 flats in the city, Archie MacIver said: “This conviction has no connection whatsoever with the letting of any flats or interaction with tenants. They normally stay for many, many years in his properties.”

He added: “The offence occurred back in 2017 so we are four and a half years down the line with no indication of any repeat behaviour.”

However, committee chair councillor Alex Wilson said Mackin had behaved in a manner which was unbecoming of anyone, report the Glasgow Herald.

“We have to make sure this is a one-off situation. Has Mr Mackin learned from this incident? Does he have anger management issues? Is this likely to be repeated?”


  1. I guess they need to be sure that he wont act that way towards tenants. I’m not sure id want to rent from someone that had a conviction for stalking and harassment.

  2. “Does he have anger management issues? Is this likely to be repeated?”

    Typical character assassination… Just like solicitors who regular describe someone who goes out once a week for a beer as a “Binge Drinker”…

    The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA) allows most convictions to be considered spent after a set period of time. Unless you receive a prison sentence of over 4 years or have any type of indefinite order, your conviction will become spent at some point.
    Doesn’t this law apply in Scotland…

    A fine of a £750 is NOT a a large penalty and clearly not a serious offence in opinion of the court who issued a fine rather than a jail sentence.

  3. The man in question is a notorious character in the local area. He’s been known as an arrogant bully his entire life and not only has a conviction for stalking but also domestic violence. Many more assault incidents in his past (probably now spent). Although it hasn’t been reported to date, that kind of behaviour will extend to his tenants should he deem it necessary, clearly.


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