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Temporary cap on rent increases

Temporary rent cap and eviction protections brought in by the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) Act 2022 will no longer apply from 1 April 2024.

This date is built into the legislation and cannot be extended further.

Further information on the changes from 1 April is available on the site.


From 6 September 2022, there is a temporary cap on rent increases during private tenancies. The cap is set at 3% and is expected to stay in place until 31 March 2024 at the latest. 

This is part of the emergency measures put in place to lessen the impact of the cost crisis on people who rent their home in Scotland.

You cannot increase your tenant's rent by more than 3% of their current rent unless you can prove that there has been an increase in certain costs. You can apply to a Rent Officer (part of Rent Service Scotland) to cover up to 50% of your increased costs. This cannot be more than 6% of the existing rent.

If your tenant thinks the rent increase is above the cap, they can contact Rent Service Scotland to check it. If the Rent Officer finds that the proposed rent increase is above the cap, they will set a rent increase of the allowed rate only.

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