Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016: consultation on regulations

Consultation seeking views on secondary legislation and further policy to support the new private residential tenancy.

Purpose Of This Consultation

The purpose of this consultation is to seek your views on the secondary legislation and further policy to support the new tenancy, which includes the following:

  • the content of all of the prescribed notices to be used by tenants and landlords under the new tenancy;
  • the content of the Scottish Government's Recommended Model Tenancy Agreement;
  • the option of serving documents electronically, if a tenant and landlord agree this as the preferred method of communications; and
  • which terms should be 'statutory terms' (applicable to all private residential tenancies).

The new tenancy is expected to come into force in December 2017 and is part of our broader approach to reforming the private rented sector, to make it a more professionally managed and better functioning sector, providing good quality homes.

The policy proposals outlined in this document are complementary to the provisions in the 2016 Act.

Please note that we are not seeking your views on the provisions contained in the 2016 Act, which have already been passed by the Parliament and will not change as a result of this consultation.


Email: Alan Garft,

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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