The introduction of the new Private Residential Tenancy means that it will no longer be possible to create an assured or short assured tenancy from 1st December 2017 onwards (existing tenancies that were taken out before 1 December 2017 will continue to operate as they do currently until they come to an end).

To find out more information about the new tenancy please use the following links:

Tenant information
Private residential tenancies: information for tenants

Landlord information
Private residential tenancies: information for landlords

It is the law that a landlord must give their tenant(s) a written tenancy agreement. The Scottish Government has produced a 'Model Private Residential Tenancy Agreement' to help do this which includes both mandatory clauses that must be included when using the model tenancy as well as discretionary terms which a landlord may or may not choose to include. The new model tenancy agreement is available on the Scottish Government website.

When a landlord uses the 'Model Private Residential Tenancy Agreement' they must also provide their tenant(s) with a copy of the 'Easy Read Notes for the Scottish Government Model Private Residential Tenancy Agreement' which explain all of the different parts of your tenancy agreement. The Easy Read Notes are available on the Scottish Government website.

A digital version of the Scottish Government 'Model Private Residential Tenancy Agreement' that can be completed online will also be provided on the Scottish Government website by mid-November 2017.

Sometimes a landlord will choose not to use the 'Model Private Residential Tenancy Agreement'. A landlord can use a different tenancy agreement as long as it sets out all of the statutory terms. If a landlord decides to do this they must provide their tenant(s) with a copy of the 'Private Residential Tenancy Statutory Terms Supporting Notes' which includes information about the nine tenancy terms which must be provided in the tenancy agreement by law. The 'Private Residential Tenancy Statutory Terms Supporting Notes' are available on the Scottish Government website.

If you have any questions please send them to PRSTenancies@gov.scot


Information provided by the Scottish Government.