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This is a Private Residential Tenancy agreement which can be used to create open ended residential tenancies where the tenant and the landlord are private individuals. The landlord may also be a private company. Crucially, a private residential tenancy will apply where:
A Private Residential Tenancy is the only type of agreement which can be used to create a lease agreement in Scotland. This agreement is open ended and will therefore not have an end date. This agreement cannot be used to create a lease for a property in England and Wales or Northern Ireland.
By law in Scotland, a landlord needs to provide their tenant all the terms of the tenancy agreement in writing. This document can be used by landlords to fulfil this legal requirement.
This document can be adapted in order to reflect the specific needs of individual agreements between landlords and tenants and takes into account company landlords, joint landlords, joint tenants, guarantors, letting agents, rent, rent pressure zones and termination of the tenancy.
This completed document shall provide both the landlord and the tenant with a comprehensive agreement which clearly sets out the obligations and duties of each party towards the other during the tenancy. This agreement features all necessary information and clauses which must be included in a Private Residential Tenancy agreement under statute.
How to use this document
This document should be provided to the landlord, every tenant and, where relevant, every guarantor also. Each party involved should be given adequate time to read and understand the agreement. Where any party has any question or queries regarding the agreement, these should be raised with the landlord before signing the agreement. Where the parties agree to all the terms of the agreement, the landlord should provide two signed copies of the agreement to any and all tenants and any guarantors. The tenant should then sign both copies and send one copy back to the landlord and keep the other copy for their own records. The guarantor should do this also.
Before creating this document, a landlord should be registered on the Scottish Landlord Register with the local council relevant to the location of the property that will be let under the tenancy agreement. Failure to register may result a landlord not being able to charge the tenant rent or a £50,000 fine.
The landlord, by law, needs to provide every tenant with a copy of the Private Residential Tenancy Statutory Terms Supporting Notes alongside this document. These documents need to be provided to a new tenant before the end of the day on which the tenancy will start. Where this agreement is being used to replace a previous agreement between an existing tenant and landlord, the landlord has 28 days to provide a copy of the supporting notes to the tenant.
Where the landlord using this agreement is a private company, this document should be signed by a company director or an employee who has been authorised to sign the agreement on behalf of the company.
This document can be signed physically by either party or it can be signed electronically simply by either party typing their name into the relevant section of the agreement and sending it by email.
Please note that if the document is to include an inventory documenting the furniture in the property at the outset of the agreement, this should be completed and provided to the tenant no later than the date that the tenancy agreement shall start.
In order to comply with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) obligations, a landlord should issue a tenant with a privacy notice that informs tenants of their rights.
Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016
The Private Residential Tenancies (Statutory Terms) (Scotland) Regulations 2017
The Private Residential Tenancies (Prescribed Notices and Forms) (Scotland) Regulations 2017
General Data Protection Regulations 2016
Data Protection Act 2018
Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004
Housing (Scotland) Act 2006
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