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Tenants and owners obligations in Scotland

This information only applies in Scotland.

A good relationship with a tenant is one of the best ways of getting the most out of a buy-to-let investment. A first step in making sure it's a relationship that works is by being upfront and clear about each other's rights and responsibilities. Let us walk you through some of the key obligations that should be covered in a tenancy agreement.

Tenant responsibilities set out in a tenancy agreement commonly include:

  • paying rent on time

  • keeping the property clean

  • not causing damage to the property

  • replacing or fixing anything that is damaged

  • not acting antisocially

  • allowing reasonable access for repairs and inspections

  • giving at least 28 days’ notice if they want to leave the property

  • getting permission to sublet, decorate or pass the tenancy on to someone else

  • telling the landlord, in writing, about any person living in the property who is 16 or over and not a joint tenant

Landlord responsibilities set out in a tenancy agreement commonly include:

  • respecting the tenant’s peace and quiet

  • giving at least 48 hours’ notice if they want to enter the property

  • ensuring the property is safe

  • maintaining and carrying out repairs to the property

  • giving the tenant notice of any defect in the property or work that needs to be carried out

You can maintain a good relationship with your tenant by being organised and committed to your responsibilities under the letting agreement. This can include dealing with maintenance and repairs on a regular basis, being clear about how you’ll get in touch with the tenant if you need to contact them and setting down house rules so the tenant is aware of what is expected of them from the beginning of the tenancy. A good business-like relationship with a tenant will help avoid any problems that might arise in the future.

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