On 1 December 2017, the law covering residential tenancies in Scotland changed. A new type of tenancy called a private residential tenancy was introduced, replacing assured and short assured tenancies. Any tenancy started on or after 1 December 2017 is a private residential tenancy.
A landlord can repossess the property if one of the 18 grounds of eviction applies. Ground 8 allows a landlord to evict their tenant where that tenant isn’t using the property as their main or only home. This is a mandatory ground for eviction, meaning that if the tribunal agrees with the landlord’s evidence, the tenant must leave the property. The landlord must follow the formal eviction procedure. For more information read Tenant evictions in Scotland FAQs.