Private residential tenancy and change of landlord

This section looks at a private residential tenant's rights when the ownership of the property they occupy changes hands.

This content applies to Scotland

Change of landlord

If a tenant's landlord changes, for example if their landlord sells the property whilst they are a 'sitting tenant', the tenancy continues. The landlord’s interest under the tenancy transfers to the new owner. [1]

The new landlord cannot make them sign a new lease, and if they want to evict the tenant, they will need to follow the usual procedure - see the section on the landlord wants possession for details.

For more information, please see also the section on change of landlord.

Last updated: 12 August 2020


  • [1]

    s.45 Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016