General advice on some of the issues relating to Landlords, Tenants and Neighbours of let property can be addressed through links on this website.
All properties occupied as the principal residence by more than two unrelated people, sharing facilities within that property, require a licence issued by the Local Authority to occupy the property in this way.
It is a criminal offence under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006, to operate a House in Multiple Occupation without a licence.
From 1 April 2006, all private sector landlords who let property within Scotland require to make application for, and be approved on, a national register of private landlords.
It is a criminal offence under Part 8 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004, to let a property without being approved on the register as a fit and proper landlord.
Landlords: advice on your legal requirements can be found at: Advice for Landlords
Tenants: advice on safe accommodation can be found at: Advice for Tenants
Download this form to Notify us of an unregistered property.
Legislation introduced by the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006, means that Landlords in the private rented sector have a duty to ensure that a rented house meets a basic standard of repair called the "repairing standard". If a rented house does not meet that standard, and the landlord delays or refuses to carry out the necessary repairs, the tenant can apply to the Private Rented Housing Panel for a decision by a Private Rented Housing Committee on whether or not the landlord has failed to comply with that duty. The Committee can then order the landlord to carry out the necessary repairs. Various penalties apply if the landlord then does not do so. For further info visit Private Rented Housing Panel (prhp)
Introduction of a Tenant Information Pack in the Private Rented Sector
The pack provides accessible information on private renting, setting out the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords. The pack, which can be provided in hardcopy or electronically, must be provided by the tenancy start date.
The tenant information pack is a standardised document and landlords have a duty to provide the pack as it is set out on the Scottish Government website.
More information on the tenant information pack is included below.
In addition, the launch of the tenant information pack is supported by a new website (rentingscotland.org) which offers practical renting guides for tenants and landlords in Scotland's private rented sector.
Queries on the tenant information pack can be directed to email@example.com
Implementation of the Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Act 2011
The Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Act 2011 received Royal Assent on 20 April 2011. The purpose of the Act is to support responsible landlords and address more effectively the problems caused by landlords who act unlawfully, by strengthening the regulation of the private rented sector.
Some changes came in to force on 31 August 2011, whilst the rest will be implemented throughout 2012. This legislation can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2011/14/contents