What your landlord needs to give you

Last updated: 7 March 2018

If you have a 'private residential tenancy' your landlord needs to give you, in writing:

  • all of the terms of your tenancy; and
  • either the 'Easy Read Notes for the Scottish Government Model Tenancy Agreement', or the 'Private Residential Tenancy Statutory Terms Supporting Notes'.

Your tenancy agreement

Most of the time a landlord will use a tenancy agreement to set out all the written terms of your tenancy. Your landlord can use:

  • the 'Scottish Government Model Private Residential Tenancy Agreement'
  • any other type of tenancy agreement

The tenancy agreement must include all the terms needed by law.

If your landlord uses the Scottish Government Model Private Residential Tenancy Agreement they must give you a copy of the 'Easy Read Notes for the Scottish Government Model Private Tenancy Agreement'.

If they use another type of tenancy agreement they must give you the 'Private Residential Tenancy Statutory Terms Supporting Notes'.

When you should get these

Your landlord should give you what you need by the end of the first day of your tenancy.

If something changes

If the terms of your tenancy change, your Landlord must give you written terms that include the changes within 28 days.

If your tenancy is changed to a private residential tenancy from another type, your landlord must give you the new terms of your tenancy and the right set of notes within 28 days of the change.

If you don't get what you need

If your landlord doesn't give you what you need, you can apply to take them to the 'First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber' (the Tribunal).

Before you apply, you'll need to give your landlord at least 28 days' notice that you want to take them to the Tribunal. You can do this by filling in a form online.

If you decide to take your landlord to the Tribunal you can apply for a 'payment order'. If a payment is given to your landlord it means they'll have to pay you money. How much you'll get depends on what your landlord hasn't given you, but it can be up to the value of 6 months' rent.