Rents

This section looks at what is meant by rent and the different systems that may apply when rent is set or increased.

Introduction to rents

This section provides an introduction to rents and looks at the underlying issues including what constitutes rent. It also contains brief details on council tenants' rents. 

Fair rents

This section looks at the statutory system that sets the rent levels, and framework for rent increases of regulated (commonly referred to as 'protected') tenancies. Generally this refers to private tenancies. It covers applications for fair rents, determinations and re-determinations, hearings and inspections. 

Market rents

This section looks at situations where the rents of assured and short assured tenants can be increased and reduced. 

Private residential tenants - Rent increases

A specific procedure must be followed when a landlord wants to increase the rent in a private residential tenancy. The rent may only be increased in accordance with the legislation. 

Assured tenants - Rent increases

A specific procedure must be followed when a landlord wants to increase the rent in a statutory assured tenancy. 

Short assured tenants - rent and terms

Under certain circumstances, it may be possible for a tenant's rent to be reduced. 

Registered social landlord rents

This section discusses the few specific provisions for rents for tenants of a registered social landlord. 

Rents for regulated tenancies

This section discusses the two contractual stages of a regulated tenancy. 

Withholding rent

In very restricted circumstances, the tenant can withhold rent. This is also known as retention of rent and is based on the principle of mutuality of obligation in contract law. 

Using the First Tier Tribunal

This section deals with whether a tenant should apply to the Private Rented Housing Panel and what happens if deciding to do so. 

This content applies to Scotland

Last updated: 17 November 2017