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 older pre-1989 private tenancies. It covers applications for fair rents, determinations and re-determinations, hearings and inspections.

Fair rents overview

Since 2 January 1989 there has been a dual system for private sector rents. Almost all new tenants who moved in on or after 2 January 1989 pay market rents. 

Registration of a fair rent

As with any tenancy entered into by a landlord and tenant, the terms of the contract apply initially, including any agreement as to the rent. Following this, either the landlord or the tenant has the right to apply for a fair rent to be registered for the property.

Determination of a fair rent

In deciding whether a rent is fair or not, there are a number of factors that must be considered. 

This content applies to Scotland

Last updated: 17 November 2017