Tenants and landlords in the private rented sector are to benefit from a new Tenant Information Pack (TIP) which will improve access to information on renting and help ensure that accommodation is good quality and well managed.
Launched by Minister for Housing and Welfare, Margaret Burgess, landlords have a legal duty to provide the TIP to new tenants.
The user-friendly document, which has been made available on the Scottish Government website, contains a summary of legislation relevant to private tenants and landlords.
During a public consultation on its introduction, the TIP received broad cross-sector support as a means of providing consistent and reliable information to tenants.
The TIP will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that it provides an accurate, user friendly, summary of housing law.
The launch of the pack is supported by a new website which offers practical renting guides for tenants and landlords in Scotland’s private rented sector.
Funded by the Scottish Government, the Renting Scotland website has been created by Shelter Scotland and industry partners and contains key tenant and landlord information on renting in the private rented sector.
Mrs Burgess said:
“The Tenant Information Pack provides vital information for tenants and landlords in an easy-to-read format.
“There is already a lot of good information available to tenants and the pack is not intended to replace existing material, but to create a benchmark for information available across the whole sector.
“The introduction of the pack will contribute towards ensuring that the private rented sector provides good quality and well managed accommodation, where both landlords and tenants understand their respective rights and responsibilities.
“The Renting Scotland website, which went live today, is another important form of support, offering crucial advice to tenants and landlords.”
A spokesperson for the Scottish Association of Landlords said:
“We are encouraged by the possibility offered by the Tenant Information Pack to improve and maintain landlord-tenant relationships.
“The pack is a helpful resource which will raise awareness of both landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities.”
Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, added:
“The introduction of the Tenant Information Pack by the Scottish Government is a positive step forward for tenants and landlords alike, who will be clear on their rights and responsibilities from the day a tenant moves in.
“By improving access to key information, Tenant Information Packs will build trust and respect on both sides. It will help avoid problems at an early stage and empower tenants as consumers should something go wrong.
“An informed tenant is a good tenant, and likewise a landlord who is aware of their rights and responsibilities can better manage their property to anticipate and avoid problems, allowing both parties to get off to a good start.”