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Tenancy deposit schemes, which protect deposits until they are due to be repaid, are now in force. Legally, landlords who receive a deposit must transfer it to an approved scheme and give the tenant certain information about the tenancy and deposit.
'Private rented housing' refers to homes owned by a person, company or organisation, including some charities.
It's different to other rented housing, such as social rented housing, where the rules are slightly different, or a separate type of tenancy, the Scottish Secure Tenancy. If you need advice about your rights and responsibilities in social rented housing you can get information from your landlord, the local authority housing department, or from other housing advice services.
Not sure whether your landlord is a registered social landlord? Check the The Scottish Housing Regulator's list.
For Houses in Multiple Occupation the same rules apply to councils and registered social landlords as to private rented housing.
Landlords have a legal duty to provide new tenants with a Tenant Information Pack.
How much do you know about the rules on private renting, and your rights and responsibilities as a tenant or landlord?
This section of the website provides information to improve your renting experience, even if you don't have a formal tenancy arrangement.
If you own a property and anyone apart from members of your family live there, this section is for you.
If the place where you live is owned by anyone outside your family, find information here.
Information for people who may be concerned about standards in private rented housing.
Page updated: Friday, May 03, 2013