Tenants

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

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?

You can get free, independent and confidential advice from organisations like Shelter Scotland and Citizens Advice Scotland.

Find out more

For more information, contact the Housing Strategy team. If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness, contact our Homelessness Services team.

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