The type of tenancy determines how it must be terminated.
If it’s a private residential tenancy, you must give the tenant a notice to leave. You’ll either have to give the tenant 28 or 84 days’ notice, depending on the reasons you’re relying on to end the tenancy and how long they’ve lived in the property. If the tenant doesn’t move out when they’re meant to, you can apply for an eviction order.
If it’s a short assured tenancy and you want it to be terminated before the end date, you must give the tenant a notice to quit and a section 33 notice at least two months before the day you want them to move out. If you want to take the matter to court before the tenancy has ended, you must also give the tenant a notice of proceedings.
If it’s an assured tenancy, you must give the tenant a notice to quit, setting out why you want them to leave and when you want them to move out. If you want to take the matter to court, you must give the tenant a notice of proceedings.
For more information, read Tenant eviction in Scotland FAQs.
Landlords must be careful not to wrongly terminate a tenancy, otherwise, they might find themselves taken to the Housing and Property Chamber by the tenant. It’s also important to remember that while you can terminate a tenancy if a tenant behaves badly, you mustn’t harass them into leaving.