From tomorrow, the Scottish Government have introduced a new tenancy regime, changing the way residential tenancies are dealt with in Scotland.
All new tenancies commencing on or after the 1st of December will be Private Residential Tenancies (PRTs), rather than Short Assured Tenancies.
The main changes being that there will now be one model tenancy agreement for all. Landlords can add their own grounds providing there are no contradictions with the mandatory grounds set in the new tenancy.
Another important change is that there will be no minimum term, only a start date and for ending tenancies, the tenant can give 28 days notice at any date after the start date. Landlords can end a tenancy by using one of the 18 grounds and they can give 28 days notice within 6 months or, 84 days notice thereafter.
The eviction process should, in theory, be quicker and also free due to a new housing panel being the point of contact instead of having to go through the court system.
Bear in mind that any existing tenancies are in the old regime which means you can have a short assured tenancy in place as long as it’s continued by both parties e.g. should a tenant wish to stay within an assured tenancy, they are within their rights to do so as long as both parties agree in writing.
Take a look at the new model tenancy here: https://beta.gov.scot/publications/scottish-government-model-private-residential-tenancy-agreement/
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