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Private Rented Sector

If you are a private landlord or thinking about becoming a landlord in Scotland, there are a number of key responsibilities and things you must do before renting out your property.

If you are unsure, please seek legal advice on the requirements in your own particular circumstances.

More detailed information and advice can be found by visiting the Scottish Government's Private renting website.

Some private landlords have also been benefiting from the mortgage payment holiday scheme that’s been put in place by the Scottish Government. This has been put in place in response to hardship caused by coronavirus. More information is available at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-landlord-and-letting-agent-faqs/

Private Rented Sector Strategy in Scotland

A Place to Stay, A Place to Call Home contains details of the Scottish Governments Private Rented Sector Strategy in Scotland, which sets out an agenda aimed at improving management standards and quality of service for tenants and prospective tenants.

Key Landlord Responsibilities

  • Landlord Registration - private landlords must register with their local authority to ensure that minimum legal requirements are met.
  • Tenancy Deposit Schemes - tenancy deposit schemes protect deposits until they are due to be repaid. Three schemes are now operating.
  • Tenant Information Pack - landlords have a legal duty to provide new tenants with this pack, which provides important information to tenants in the private rented sector.
  • Houses in Multiple Occupation - mandatory licensing applies to houses or flats occupied by three or more unrelated people who share bathroom or kitchen facilities.
  • Repairing Standard - sets condition and maintenance standards which landlords must adhere to.
  • Local Housing Allowance - Housing Benefit for tenants in private rented accommodation.

Summary of important legislation relating to the private rented sector:

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