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Know your renting rights

Private tenants are protected by the law. It's important to know what support and advice is available to protect you and your home. Keep up to date on your renting rights

If you are renting from a housing association or local council, find out about your social tenants’ rights.

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Check before you rent

Landlords and letting agents must be registered to let out property to comply with the law. Only use a registered landlord and letting agent and report any that aren’t.

Check if your landlord is registered

Check if your agent is registered

Rent increases

If your tenancy began on or after 1 December 2017, landlords must give you 3 months’ notice of any rent increase. They can only increase rent once every 12 months. You’ve the right to challenge an unfair rent increase through a Rent Officer.

Learn more on rent increases for all types of tenancies.

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Repairs and maintenance

It is the landlord’s responsibility to repair and maintain their property from the tenancy start date and throughout the tenancy. Landlords are also required to give you prior notice ahead of any maintenance or property inspections. They’re not allowed to enter the property unannounced.

Learn more on repairs and maintenance.


Illegal eviction

Private tenants cannot be asked to leave their rented property with no notice. Landlords must go through the legal process to end a tenancy. Illegal eviction is a criminal offence and can take a number of forms. These include intimidation and harassment, lock changes or not following legal procedures and notice periods.

Learn how to spot an illegal eviction.

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Rights that are set in stone

Watch this short video for more information on your renting rights.

 

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Citizens Advice Bureau

Contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau for free, impartial and confidential advice and guidance on issues relating to housing matters.
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Shelter Scotland

Speak to Shelter Scotland for housing advice.
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Mygov.scot

Visit mygov.scot for information on renting from a private landlord, housing association or local council.
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