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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 you.

To help with the cost of living crisis, emergency measures have been brought in to help people who rent their homes. This includes a temporary pause on rent increases and evictions.

Emergency measures for private tenants –

Emergency measures for social tenants –

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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

The Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) Act has introduced a temporary cap on rent increases for private and social tenants, as well as for student accomodation until March 2023.

If your landlord wants to increase your rent

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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

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. 

Learn how to spot an illegal eviction.

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Cost of Living Support Scotland

The Cost of Living Support website has information on the help and resources available to the people of Scotland during the cost of living crisis.

Visit the Cost of Living Support Scotland site.

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. logo

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

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