The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 commenced on 1 December 2017 and introduced the new ‘private residential tenancy’.
Its purpose is to improve security, stability and predictability for you as a tenant and provide safeguards for landlords, lenders and investors.
The tenancy will be open-ended and will last until you wish to leave the let property or your landlord uses one (or more) of 18 grounds for eviction.
Improvements for tenants include:
- more security – it’s an open-ended tenancy so your landlord can’t just ask you to leave because you’ve been in the property for a set length of time
- protection from frequent rent increases – your rent can’t go up more than once a year and you must get at least three months’ notice of any increase
- any rent increase can be referred to a rent officer, who can decide if they’re fair
- if you’ve lived in a property for more than six months, landlords have to give 84 days’ notice to leave (unless it’s because you’ve done something wrong)
if you think you were misled into moving out, you can now apply to the First-tier Tribunal for a ‘wrongful termination order’. If the Tribunal gives the order it can award up to six months’ rent in compensation.
If you are unsure about how the new PRT works, or need any rental advice, please contact Alison McIntyre on 01698 373365 or at firstname.lastname@example.org