A new law that will modernise the private rented sector has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill aims to create simpler tenancies, offer stability and security to the 700,000 tenants who call the private rented sector home, and ensure predictability over rent increases.

Provisions of the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill include:

  • A more streamlined system with no confusing pre-tenancy notices, modernised grounds for repossession and easier-to-understand tenancy agreements
  • Legislation which will mean tenants can no longer be asked to leave their home simply because the tenancy has reached its end date
  • Landlords will have modern protection for repossessing their property, such as intention to sell or move in themselves
  • Rent increases limited to only one per year, with three months’ notice – designed so tenants will have advance notice of changes, and can budget accordingly
  • The opportunity for local authorities to implement rent controls in areas where there are excessive increases in rents and a concern about the impact this is having on tenants and the wider housing system
  • More progressive repossession grounds for rent arrears cases, as well as new repossession grounds introduced for landlords where they want to sell their property or the tenant has abandoned the property