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Housing in the private rented sector

This section discusses how to advise people who are looking for accommodation in the private rented sector.

It looks at the types of accommodation available, where to find accommodation and what issues should be considered before agreeing to take up a tenancy. For further information on private sector tenants' security of tenure, please see the section on security of tenure.

Types of accommodation

Accommodation in the private rented sector may be a self-contained house or flat, or part of a house shared with other people. 

Finding accommodation

This section discusses several different information sources that can be used for finding private rented accommodation. 

The tenancy agreement

Tenancy agreements are composed of a number of different elements, and can be in writing or they can be 'verbal'. Just because a tenant has no written lease does not mean that there is no actual lease. 


Discrimination by landlords on the grounds of race, sex, disability, sexual orientation or religion is unlawful. This applies to both direct and indirect discrimination. 

This content applies to Scotland

Last updated: 29 December 2014