Renting from a private landlord
Find out about your rights if you rent your home from a private landlord or letting agency.
If you are a private tenant, you have certain legal rights, even if you don't have a written tenancy agreement.
From 1 December 2017 the private residential tenancy replaced assured and short assured tenancies as the main tenancy type for private renters.
This page explains your rights if you have an assured tenancy with a private landlord or letting agency.
This page explains what your rights are if you have a short assured tenancy with a private landlord or a letting agency.
If you have an assured or short assured tenancy you have many rights as a tenant. However, you also have responsibilities. It is important that you keep to the terms of your tenancy agreement or your landlord may be able to evict you.
Information and advice if your tenancy started before 2 January 1989 and have a regulated tenancy.
Last updated: 4 March 2021
Housing laws differ between Scotland and England.
This content applies to Scotland only.