Help for Private Renters with Our New Rent Deposit Scheme

Our new Rent Deposit Scheme is to help people on low incomes in housing need get accommodation in the private rented sector. If you urgently need housing, but don’t have the money for a deposit for a private rental property, we can help.

If you meet our conditions, we can pay the deposit to the landlord on your behalf. You agree to a savings plan to repay the money to us.

Anyone in work or receiving benefits can apply. To make sure you are able to repay us, we will carry out checks, including the affordability of the property, and check on your tenancy history including any rent arrears.

Landlords must be registered with us and transfer the deposit to one of the National Deposit Schemes. Do not sign a tenancy agreement or move into the property before we confirm you can take part in the scheme.

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For further information about the scheme, check out our website.

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Calling All Private Landlords! Have Your Say on Energy Efficiency!

The Scottish Government is consulting on the minimum energy efficiency standards for the private rented sector.

This is your chance to have your say. The proposed minimum standards will be:

  • EPC E for new lets from April 2020, and all properties with a minimum EPC rating E by April 2022
  • EPC D for new lets from April 2022, and all properties minimum EPC rating D by April 2025

If your private rented property does not meet EPC band E then you may be required to bring it up to standard within the set timeframe.

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You can also find advice and information about private sector housing, such as your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, landlord or homeowner at our new private housing pages.

Private residential tenancy documents available in other languages

The Scottish Government has recently published translated versions of the following documents:

The documents are now available in Polish, Urdu and Punjabi languages.

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Mid-market rent properties available now in Inverkeilor

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Mid-market rent homes offer affordable housing for those who cannot afford to buy their own home or pay full-market rent, but who want to live in the private-rented sector.

See our new Mid-market rent homes website and find out more details about mid-market rent properties available for rent in Inverkeilor now.

 

Private Residential Tenancy Updates For Landlords

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The Scottish Government recently published updated versions of the model Private Residential Tenancy Agreement, Easy Read Notes and Statutory Terms Supporting Notes. These updates take account of changes to data protection laws, as well as other minor edits and clarifications.

Updated documents are on the Scottish Government’s website:

Landlords can also use the Model Tenancy Agreement tool to create tenancy agreements for their tenants

 

 

Landlord Registration Consultation Events

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The Scottish Government’s Landlord Registration Team will be holding a series of consultation events throughout May. The sessions provide the opportunity for those with an interest in landlord registration to participate in group discussion and provide feedback on the consultation. The proposals are intended to help landlords to understand their responsibilities, make the application process more robust and ensure that fees are set at a reasonable level. The overarching aim is to help improve standards of property condition and management in the private rented sector.

To book a place, please select one of the following links:

 For any further queries, feel free to get in touch with the team at Landlordreg2018@gov.scot.