What is a regulated tenancy?

This section outlines the main characteristics of a regulated tenancy.

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Regulated tenancies

Prior to the Housing Act 1988, regulated tenancies were the most common type of tenancy in the private rented sector. However, since 2 January 1989, apart from under very limited circumstances [1], it has not been possible to create any new regulated tenancies and they are dwindling in number.

Regulated tenancies are characterised by two key features:

  • They provide very strong security of tenure, giving the tenants the right to live in their homes until the landlord obtains a possession order.

  • Rents are controlled by the fair rents scheme, which enables the imposition of a maximum rent amount by the rent officer.

Last updated: 18 December 2019


  • [1]

    s.43 Housing (Scotland) Act 1988 as amended