While there are similarities in Scotland to the way renting is regulated in England & Wales, there are some key differences. For example, it is no longer possible to create an assured or short assured tenancy in Scotland. These have now been replaced with the private residential tenancy, which lasts until a landlord evicts the tenant for specific legal reasons, such as rent arrears or an intention to sell, or if the tenant wants to leave.
Another difference is that landlords in Scotland must be registered in the Scottish Landlord Register if they want to let out property, but they don't need to check that their tenants have the right to rent in the UK (unlike south of the border). For further information, read Landlord registration in Scotland.
Other key features of renting in Scotland include:
- limits on how frequently rent can be increased
- potential rent caps if a local council thinks rents are rising too high
- mandatory use of an approved deposit protection scheme