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New Private Residential Tenancy

On 1 December 2017 a new type of tenancy – the private residential tenancy – came into force. It replaces assured and short assured tenancy agreements for all new private sector tenancies in Scotland.

The new tenancy will provide security, stability and predictability for private sector tenants and appropriate safeguards for private landlords, lenders and investors.

The new tenancy will:

  • be an open-ended tenancy, which means a private landlord will no longer be able to ask a tenant to leave simply because the fixed term has ended
  • provide more predictable rents and protection for tenants against excessive rent increases
  • provide comprehensive and robust grounds for repossession that will allow landlords to regain possession in 18 specified circumstances.

Any existing short assured and assured tenancies will continue, but new tenancies granted in the private rented sector from December 2017 will be private residential tenancies.

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