If you rent your home you will probably have a tenancy. There are several different kinds of tenancy, and your rights will depend on which kind you have. In this section you can find out which tenancy you have and what rights this gives you.
In this section you can find out what kind of tenancy you have, read an overview of your renter rights and download a tenancy agreement template.
Your rights if you rent from the council, a registered social landlord. Housing associations and housing cooperatives are both RSLs. Plus your rights if you're in temporary accommodation.
Find out your rights if you rent your home from from a private landlord or letting agency.
For people in shared flats, lodgings, shared houses, hostels and bed & breakfast accommodation. Many of these are houses in multiple occupation or HMOs.
Common law tenancies sometimes known as Non-assured tenancies are not regulated by specific laws. Your rights depend mainly on your tenancy agreement. Check who has common law tenancy rights and what those rights are.
People who share accommodation with their landlord have different rights to those who rent separate property. This page explains who has a resident landlord and what your rights are if you share with your landlord.
You will be a subtenant if you rent from a tenant who is renting the property from a landlord. This page explains your rights if you are a subtenant.
Find out your rights if you live in housing owned by a university or college. If you are disabled, these pages look at your right to university or college accommodation suitable for your needs.
Your rights in supported accommodation will depend on the type of accommodation and the support you receive. Find out more on supported accommodation here.
If your home is 'tied', that is, provided as part of your job, your rights to stay there will depend on the kind of agreement you have with your employer/landlord.
This section explains your rights if you own or rent a mobile home such as a caravan or park home, or you rent a pitch to station it on.
If you rent agricultural land such as a farm or smallholding then you may have an agricultural tenancy. There are three kinds so see what this means for your housing rights.
Crofting tenants have secure rights to stay on their land, but they also have a responsibility to use the land well. This section explains more.
Shared ownership schemes allow you to buy a share in a housing association property and pay a reduced 'rent', called an occupancy payment. See what you should ask about if you are interested.
If you have disabilities, you will have extra rights to help you deal with landlords and letting agents. See what your rights are and what to do if you feel your landlord is discriminating against you.
If you take in a lodger or sublet all or part of your home, there are some things you need to consider. Learn about your rights and your tenant’s rights.
If you want to move out of your rented accommodation, it's important that you go through the correct process and give your landlord the correct notice. Whatever you do, don't just walk away!
Landlord registration ensures landlords are suitable people to let out property. How the registration process works and what the register means for tenants.
Last updated: 16 January 2020
Housing laws differ between Scotland and England.
This content applies to Scotland only.