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 private rented accommodation

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 when looking for a home to rent

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 for private tenants

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.

Last updated: 29 December 2014

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