As a tenant of a private landlord you have certain legal rights and responsibilities to ensure you keep your tenancy. These include:
- paying your rent on time
- keeping your home in good order
- not causing damage to any contents provided by your landlord
- not being a nuisance to your neighbours
- ensuring that no illegal activities take place in your home
- asking permission for things not stated in the contract i.e. keeping a pet
- answering any letters from your landlord
- giving proper notice if you want to leave
You are also entitled to:
- a written tenancy agreement detailing rental address, rent payable, length of tenancy
- know who your landlord is
- have repairs carried out - see The Repairing Standard for more information
- the peaceful occupation of the rented accommodation
Private residential tenancy
On 1 December 2017 a new type of tenancy - the private residential tenancy - came into force. It replaces assured and short assured tenancy agreements for all new tenancies.
The Scottish Government has developed a guide for tenants about the private residential tenancy:
What about my landlord's responsibilities?
Your landlord also has legal obligations which they must comply with. If you feel that your landlord is not meeting these legal obligations, you can contact the Housing Strategy team for advice.
Where can I get independent advice?
Find out more
For more information, contact the Housing Strategy team. If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness, contact our Homelessness Services team.