Private Residential Tenancy: Information for Tenants
By law a landlord must provide a tenant with either the Easy Read Notes for the Scottish Government model private residential tenancy agreement or the Private Residential Tenancy Statutory Terms Supporting Notes. We have provided details of both.
Easy Read Notes
These notes can help a tenant understand a tenancy agreement if a private residential tenancy is to be created. They will also help a tenant know their rights, and about the things a landlord and tenant should be doing or not doing during a tenancy. These Notes explain what to do if your landlord interferes with your rights, or if there is a problem between you and your landlord about your tenancy.
It's the law that your landlord must give you all the written terms of your tenancy. If you have a private residential tenancy, there are nine tenancy terms which your landlord must include in your written terms by law. They are called 'statutory terms'.
These Supporting Notes can help you understand the ‘statutory terms’. The section numbers and titles relate to the number given to each tenancy term as they are listed in the Private Residential Tenancies (Statutory Terms) (Scotland) Regulations 2017.
In order to make you aware of your other renting rights and responsibilities, we have also included some other essential housing information that you may find useful. If you need more information about any clauses in your tenancy agreement which are not covered by these Notes, you may want to discuss them with your landlord,or contact the advice groups listed at the end of these Notes. If you have a new tenancy, your landlord must give you all your tenancy terms in writing and a copy of these Notes before the end of the day on which the tenancy starts. These notes are being provided to you and can be accessed as a PDF below.
If you have a different type of tenancy which is changing into a private residential tenancy, your landlord has 28 days after the day when the tenancy becomes a private residential tenancy to give you your new tenancy terms and a copy of these Notes.
If your landlord does not give you all the written terms of your tenancy and/or these Notes when they are supposed to, you can apply to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber ("the Tribunal"). The Tribunal may then give you a written tenancy and/or order your landlord to pay you up to six months' rent.
You must give your landlord 28 days’ notice if you are going to apply to the Tribunal for this reason, and you must apply using the 'Tenant's notification to a landlord of a referral to the First-tier Tribunal for failure to supply in writing all tenancy terms and/or any other specified information'. There are guidance notes available to help you to fill in this form if needed.
This information applies to residential properties in Scotland only.