Landlord right of entry

Last updated: 7 June 2018

A landlord has the right to enter a property they own, even if a tenant is currently living there, if they want to:

  • see what condition it's in and whether it needs work to get it to the repairing standard
  • carry out any work needed to make sure the property meets the repairing standard
  • carry out any work needed if they get a repairing standard order

However, they must give the tenant the correct amount of notice before they do this, unless there's an emergency.

If the tenant has a short assured tenancy or an assured tenancy, a landlord must give them 24 hours' notice before entering the property.

If a tenant has a private residential tenancy (a tenancy which started on or after 1 December 2017) the landlord must give the tenant 48 hours' notice before entering the property.

If the tenant doesn't let the landlord enter the property, the landlord can apply to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber for help.

The Tribunal can help arrange a suitable date for the landlord to visit, or set a date if the tenant and landlord can't agree on one.

Visit the Tribunal website for more information on the process and how to apply.