Qualitative research to explore the implications for private rented sector tenants and landlords of longer term and moresecure tenancy

This report outlines findings from qualitative research exploring private rented sector tenants' and landlords' knowledge and understanding of the current tenancy, including its advantages and disadvantages. It outlines tenants' and landlords' views and responses to a range of longer term and more secure tenancy options, including the perceived advantages and disadvantages of each.


1. A Place to Stay, A Place to Call Home: A Strategy for the Private Rented Sector in Scotland, Scottish Government, May 2013. Available at: http://www.scotland.gov.ukaed3f55f-8967-436f-9ef8-850ba1a83e6e

2. The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against people with a 'protected characteristic'. The protected characteristics are: age; disability; gender reassignment; pregnancy and maternity; marriage and civil partnership; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation.

3. An AT5 is a notice which a landlord must issue to a tenant if they wish to set up a Short Assured as opposed to an Assured tenancy.

4. Part 7 of the Anti-Social Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004 allows a local authority to serve an anti-social behaviour notice on a private landlord specifying that action must be taken to tackle the anti-social behaviour of the tenant.

5. Location was often critical, with most of these tenants having significant ties into their local community - for example in terms of schooling, informal childcare arrangements, or proximity to their place of work or frequently-used health or support services.

6. In effect they had moved on without giving notice and the deposit had been used to cover the rent for the notice period.

7. The Persistent Delay in Paying Rent and The Some Rent Unpaid grounds


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