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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.
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 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.
You might want to consider cost, location, accessibility and what the landlord is like when you're choosing a place to rent. Get more detail and handy checklists to help you make your decision.
Once you've found a place to rent, you'll need to agree terms with your landlord, sign a tenancy agreement and pay your deposit and rent. Make sure you check your landlord is registered.
If you move into a private rented property, your landlord should ask you to sign a tenancy agreement. It's usually a written document, but can also be a verbal agreement.
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.