New video: making the most of the Model Tenancy Agreement

Our new video gives you a quick look at the main aspects of the new Model Tenancy Agreement and what to look out for. The new Scottish Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) has been in use since 1 December 2017.

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Some key things to remember with the new PRT:

  • all new leases must be PRTs, assured/short assured tenancies can no longer be created for new tenants;
  • landlords/tenants cannot agree a duration for the tenancy, only a start date;
  • landlords can no longer end a tenancy without giving a reason – they can end the tenancy at any time after the start date but only if one of 18 grounds for possession in the legislation apply;
  • tenants can end the tenancy at any time, provided they give at least 28 days’ notice in writing;
  • landlords are encouraged to use the Scottish Government’s recommended model lease template and must also issue guidance notes to tenants.