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If a local council thinks rents are rising too much in a certain area, they can apply to Scottish Ministers to have that area designated as a 'rent pressure zone'. The local council will need to prove that:
- rents in the area are rising too much
- the rent rises are causing problems for the tenants
- the local council is coming under pressure to provide housing or subsidise the cost of housing as a result
A Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) puts a limit on how much a landlord can increase a tenant's rent.
There's no limit on what landlords can charge new tenants.
An RPZ only has an effect if:
- a tenant lives in an RPZ
- a landlord wants to increase the rent of a current tenant
- the tenant has a private residential tenancy
If you started renting from a private landlord on or after 1 December 2017, you're likely to have a private residential tenancy.
A private landlord is a person or business who rents a home to you. RPZs do not affect you if you rent from a local council or a housing association.
If your tenancy agreement started before 1 December 2017 you do not have a private residential tenancy, unless you and your landlord have agreed to convert your existing tenancy to one.
If a landlord has made any improvements to their let property, they may be able to raise the rent above the limit. For more information, read the Rent Pressure Zone: improvements guidance.
Where are the RPZs in Scotland?
Currently there are no Rent Pressure Zones in Scotland.
Use this checker if you want to find out:
- whether your property is in an RPZ
- what limits there are on a rent increase if it is
You can use this checker if you want to know whether your home is in an RPZ.
If your home is in an RPZ, it means that there's a limit to how much your landlord can increase your rent.
You can find more information about RPZs on gov.scot:
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