Create a tenancy agreement

A tenancy agreement is a contract between you and your tenant. It covers things like safety, payment of rent and house rules.

As a landlord, you must give your tenant all the terms of their private residential tenancy in writing. If you don't you'll be breaking the law.

Most private tenancies started on or after 1 December 2017 will be private residential tenancies. Information about private residential tenancies can be found in the Scottish Government's guidance for landlords.

Get a private residential tenancy agreement

You can use this form to create a Scottish Government Model Tenancy Agreement (MTA) for a private residential tenancy. The MTA includes:

  • a tenancy agreement
  • all the terms you need to give your tenant

See a read-only example of the Scottish Government Model Tenancy Agreement.

To use the MTA you'll need to enter:

  • your details
  • the details of your tenant or tenants
  • details about rental payments and your property

The form also includes 2 sets of terms.

One is known as 'must-include terms'. You'll need to give your tenant a copy of these terms if you're using the MTA. These cover the:

  • rights of you and your tenant
  • legal rules you both need to follow

You cannot change or edit these terms if you use the MTA.

The other set of terms, known as 'extra terms', are terms that you can choose to have in your tenancy agreement. They cover a number of rules and you should read through them to check they apply to your property.

Both sets of terms are explained in more detail within the form.

Once you've finished, you can download your tenancy agreement as a Word document or a PDF.

Details you'll need to complete your tenancy agreement

You'll need to know:

  • details of all the tenants who'll be living in the property
  • the property's address
  • the start date of the tenancy
  • rent details
  • deposit details
  • if a letting agent manages the property, the details of that letting agent

If you do not know all the details you need

You can fill in the details you do know online, print the form and fill in the rest later.

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