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 renting has changed in Scotland:

  • From 1 December 2017, landlords must use a Private Residential Tenancy to create a new tenancy (it is no longer possible to create an assured and short assured tenancy)
  • letting agents must comply with a Code of Practice from 31 January 2018


To improve standards across the private rented sector we have:

More information on renting a property and on being a landlord is available on the site.


'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

Scottish Government
Housing and Social Justice Directorate
Victoria Quay