Paying rent

Whether you're a council, housing association or housing co-operative tenant or a private tenant, you pay rent in return for living in your home. This section looks at how rent is paid and what you can do if your rent goes up or you can't afford to pay your rent.

If you are on benefits or a low income, you may be entitled to housing benefit to help you pay your rent.

Housing laws differ between Scotland and England
This content applies to Scotland only
Get advice if you're in England

  • What is rent?

    Rent is money you pay to your landlord in return for living in your home. Find out more about rent here.

  • Rent increases

    When and how your rent can be increased and what you can do if you disagree with rent increases.Your tenancy agreement may say when your landlord plans to increase your rent.

  • Fair rents

    What 'fair rent' to let a property is, how to apply to a for a fair rent, and how fair rent increases can be introduced.Fair rent is for regulated tenants and housing association tenants only.

  • Housing and Property Chamber

    Want to challenge a rent increase - you can apply to the Housing and Property Chamber if you're renting privately from a landlord or letting agent in Scotland.

  • Withholding rent

    Find out about withholding rent from your landlord.If you are considering withholding rent you should know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.Withholding rent can put you at risk of eviction.

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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