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Letter template: tell your landlord to stop harassing you

Use this letter template if your private landlord is harassing you.

Copy and paste this sample text and personalise it with your details. Delete anything that does not apply to you. Delete all the instructions in bold.

If a letting agent is harassing you, follow our guidance to make a complaint about a letting agent.

Subject: Concerns about harassment

To <your landlord’s name>

I'm concerned about your behaviour during my tenancy at <your address>.

I’m asking you to:
- stop coming to my home without warning
- stop harassing me to pay rent arrears
- stop trying to force me to leave
- stop behaving in an intimidating or threatening way
- <anything else that you feel is harassment>

Under the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984, I’m entitled to live in my home in peace and comfort without interference.

<Include this if your landlord is coming to your home>
If you need to inspect my home or check for repairs, you must give me the correct amount of notice before coming to my home. I have the right to refuse access if the time does not suit me. You cannot enter my home without my permission.

<Include this if your landlord is harassing you about rent arrears>
I’m taking steps to pay back my rent arrears. Please do not harass me for the money or visit my home asking for rent.

<Include this if your landlord is trying to force you to move out>
Pressuring me to leave my home is a criminal offence under the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984. If you pressure me to move out, I can report you to the police. My tenancy will continue until it is ended using the correct legal process.

<Include this if your landlord is behaving in an intimidating or threatening way>
Please stop <the behaviour you want your landlord to stop>. This behaviour is threatening and intimidating.

If you do not stop, I will report you to the private landlord registration team at the council. I can also report the harassment to the police.

Please only contact me by <email / text message>. You can contact me on <your email address / phone number>.

<your first and last name>
<the date you’re sending this letter or email>

You can also send the letter as an email attachment or through the post:

Where to send your letter or email

If you rent from a private landlord, their contact details should be in your tenancy agreement or on the Scottish landlord register.

If you need more help

We have guidance on:

Last updated: 13 April 2023

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