Many people rent their homes from a private landlord. We are working to make sure that the sector is regulated, accommodation reaches an acceptable standard, tenancies are secure and the rights of landlords and tenants are understood.
- Private Residential Tenancy will replace the short assured and assured tenancies from December 2017
- letting agents must comply with a Code of Practice from 31 January 2018
- disputes will be resolved by an expanded tribunal system from December 2017
To improve standards across the private rented sector we are:
- introducing a new private residential tenancy which will bring greater security for tenants, balanced with appropriate safeguards for landlords, lenders and investors
- regulating the sector by registering letting agents and landlords, and licensing houses in multiple occupation
- providing support with dispute resolution
- introducing rent pressure zones
'A place to stay, a place to call home: a strategy for the private rented sector in Scotland' details our vision for the private rented sector, which is one that provides good-quality homes and high management standards, inspires consumer confidence and encourages growth through attracting increased investment.
The strategy aims to improve and grow the sector for both tenants and landlords by enabling a more effective regulatory system, introducing tougher enforcement action and attracting new investment.
Telephone: 0300 244 4000
Housing and Social Justice Directorate