The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 creates the new private residential tenancy which will replace current assured and short assured tenancies. The purpose of the new tenancy is to improve security of tenure for tenants balanced with appropriate safeguards for landlords, lenders and investors.
This consultation seeks views on the secondary legislation and further policy to support the new tenancy, which includes the following:
the content of all of the prescribed notices to be used by tenants and landlords under the new tenancy;
the content of the Scottish Government’s Recommended Model Tenancy Agreement;
should there be an option of serving documents electronically, if a tenant and landlord agree this as the preferred method of communications?; and
which terms should be ‘statutory terms’ (applicable to all private residential tenancies).
The new tenancy is expected to come into force in December 2017 and is part of our broader approach to reforming the private rented sector, to make it a more professionally managed and better functioning sector, providing good quality homes.
The policy proposals outlined in this document are complimentary to the provisions in the 2016 Act.
Please note that we are not seeking your views on the provisions contained in the 2016 Act, which have already been passed by the Parliament and will not change as a result of this consultation.
Why We Are Consulting
Responses received to the consultation will help shape the policy and secondary legislation to support the new, modernised and simplified tenancy for the private rented sector in Scotland.