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.

This content applies to Scotland

Fair rents - regulated tenants

Regulated tenants can still have a fair rent fixed by a rent officer or the First Tier Tribunal Housing and Property Chamber that sets an upper limit on what the landlord can charge.[1] Fair rents are also known as registered rents.

When giving advice about setting or contesting fair rents it is advisable to be familiar with local practices as they are subject to considerable local variation.

Fair rents - Scottish secure tenants

Although no longer common, a Scottish secure tenant who was previously a secure tenant of a housing association still has the right to have a fair rent determined by a rent officer. The information on fair rent determinations therefore still applies to these tenants.

Last updated: 27 January 2020


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    s.48 Rent (Scotland) Act 1984