The Scottish Association of Landlords have published a new video which explains the new Private Residential Tenancy which is being introduced in Scotland. You can watch the video on the Scottish Association of Landlord's YouTube page.

If you're a landlord, letting agent or tenant in Scotland, you need to be aware of a significant change that's being made to the law.

From 01 December 2017, all new tenancies in Scotland will last until a tenant wishes to leave the property or a landlord uses one of 18 grounds for eviction.

For tenants, this means improved security, stability and predictability.

Whilst landlords, lenders and investors will benefit from new safeguards.

Any disputes over tenancies will be heard by the Housing and Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland.

If you already rent a property out, the change won't affect you until the current tenancy agreement comes to an end.

To help landlords and tenants, the government has produced a Model Tenancy Agreement which will include standardised tenancy terms.

The model tenancy agreement contains two types of clause:

  • Mandatory clauses - these are in bold typeface and must appear in all PRTs where the Scottish Government's model tenancy agreement template is used.

  • Discretionary clauses - these can be removed from the template or altered.

Additional clauses can be inserted in the template provided they don't contradict any of the mandatory clauses.

It's not compulsory to use the model tenancy agreement, but all PRT leases must contain certain statutory terms. These can be read on The National Archives website.

For further help and support, visit the Scottish Association of Landlords website.