The emergency measures currently in place through Part 1 of the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act will no longer apply from 1 April 2024. You can find out more about the changes to rent and evictions.
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.
To improve standards across the private rented sector we have:
- introduced the private residential tenancy to bring greater security for tenants, balanced with appropriate safeguards for landlords
- regulated the sector by requiring letting agents and landlords to register, and houses in multiple occupation to be licensed
- provided support with dispute resolution
- allowed councils to apply to set rent pressure zones
- set a repairing standard to ensure properties meets a minimum physical standard
- made it a legal duty to pay any deposit into an approved tenancy deposit scheme
'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