Renting privately

This section explains how to find rented accommodation from a private landlord or letting agency and highlights things you should be aware of when looking at potential rental properties. It also explains about tenancy agreements and what you should do before you move into your new home.

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  • Finding a place to rent

    Look at various ways to find accommodation to rent, and get information on letting agencies, deciphering property to let ads and your safety when flat hunting.

  • Letting agencies

    Letting agencies are companies that can help you find private rented accommodation. Most agencies also manage the day-to-day parts of the tenancy for the owner.

  • Things to consider

    There are plenty of things to consider when looking for a place to rent. This page highlights the most common. You can also download our viewing checklist.

  • Before you move in

    You have found a place to rent, but don't know what happens next, this page tells you all you need to know about what happens next.

  • Tenancy agreements

    Tenancy agreements set out the rules and expectations for living in a property. Find out more about tenancy agreements and what they should contain.

  • Landlord Accreditation Scotland

    You should check that your private landlord is accredited by Landlord Accreditation Scotland. This should mean they offer good quality accommodation and service to their tenants.

Speak to a Shelter Scotland adviser

Call Shelter Scotland's free housing advice helpline

0808 800 4444
9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Email an adviser

You can also email a housing adviser. We aim to respond within three working days.

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