Signing the tenancy agreement
Before you move into the property, you may need to sign a tenancy agreement.
This is a document that lays out the terms of your tenancy and a set of rules that both you and your landlord should follow.
If you have a private residential tenancy (a tenancy that started on or after 1 December 2017), your landlord must give you all of the terms of your tenancy in writing. In most cases this will come as a tenancy agreement, but it doesn't have to be.
When you sign a tenancy agreement, check it to make sure:
- it's for the address you're moving into
- your landlord's contact details are included
- the rent in the agreement is correct, and whether you're expected to pay it monthly or weekly
- the length of the lease is what you agreed – normally 6 or 12 months
- it states the reasons why the landlord can take money off your deposit
- it says whether it's an assured or short assured tenancy – the main difference is it's easier for the landlord to get the property back if it's a short assured tenancy
The Scottish Government website has an online tool landlords can use to create a private residential tenancy agreement.