If your tenancy started before 01 December 2017, you are likely to have an Assured or Short Assured tenancy.

Your landlord must have given you a Tenant Information Pack which sets out important information about:

  • Your tenancy
  • Information about the property
  • Information about your landlord
  • Responsibilities of tenants and landlords

Any Assured or Short Assured tenancy will continue to run until ended by either the landlord or the tenant.

If your tenancy started after 01 December 2017, you will have been given the new Private Residential Tenancy. Important tenancy information, including the rights and responsibilities of you and your landlord are detailed in the easy read notes which are provided along with the tenancy agreement.

More information on private renting is available on the Scottish Government's website and Shelter Scotland.


Frequently asked questions

  1. What information should a private let advert contain?
  2. What is Landlord Registration?
  3. Energy Performance Certificate
  4. What is Letting Agent Registration?
  5. What is the Repairing Standard?
  6. Deposits – what do I need to know?
  7. What is a short-term let?
  8. What’s an HMO?
  9. Who can I speak to for advice?
  10. How can I get help to pay my rent?
  11. Can I get help to manage my private tenancy?
  12. What are my landlord’s health and safety obligations?
  13. Where can I get Housing Options Advice?
  14. Where can I get Energy Advice and help to reduce my fuel bills?

What information should a private let advert contain?

  1. Landlord Registration Number (see What is Landlord Registration below) 
  2. Energy Performance Certificate 
  3. Letting Agent Registration Number (if advertised by a letting agent) (see What is Letting Agent Registration) 

What is Landlord Registration?

Most landlords that rent private accommodation in Scotland require to be registered (there are some exceptions and your landlord's registration responsibilities are found on Shelter Scotland). To be accepted, they must be considered fit and proper, provide safety documentation and pay a three yearly fee to register them and their properties. Once registered they appear on the Landlord Register. You can check registration details via the public search facility
 
Registration numbers contain 3 sets of numbers. 240 is the code for the Falkirk Council area. Three sets of numbers make up a registration number. If the middle numbers are not 240, it means the landlord is using a non-Falkirk Council area registration number. 


Energy Performance Certificate

An EPC should be produced for all properties rented after 4/1/09.  The EPC rating must be stated in the lettings advert.  A copy should be displayed in the property.


What is Letting Agent Registration?

All Letting Agents working in Scotland are required by law to: 

  • Follow a Letting Agent Code of Practice 
  • Be registered on the Scottish Letting Agent Register – to be accepted, every letting agent must be considered suitable to do the job and have met the minimum requirements.

    Once registered, they will be given a Letting Agent Registration Number (LARN).  The LARN should be included in all property adverts and on all communications.  You can check registration details via the public search facility.

What is the Repairing Standard?

Properties let in Scotland must meet the  Repairing Standard.  Your landlord must repair and maintain rental properties at the start and throughout the tenancy. 

If you or a third party (Local Authority) believes a house does not meet the standard, they can make an application to the First Tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing & Property Chamber) for a decision on whether a landlord has complied with this duty.


Deposits – what do I need to know?

  1. The maximum deposit you can be asked to pay is 2 times your monthly rent 
  2. If you pay a deposit to your landlord, they must lodge it into one of the 3 approved schemes in Scotland within 30 working days. The 3 approved schemes are: 

See Tenancy Deposit Schemes for further information.


What is a short-term let?

A short-term let can cover the following situations:

  • letting a second home, or
  • letting all or part of someone's own home when they are either absent or still living there

It includes sharing a house, renting a room as well as bed and breakfast/guest house accommodation.

Local authorities are required to establish a licensing scheme by 01 October 2022. 

The short-term lets scheme falls within the remit of our Licensing Section - see Licensing: Short-term lets for further information.


What’s an HMO?

HMOs are tenancies that are Let to three or more people who are not related. HMO landlords must get an HMO licence from their Local Authority. HMO licensing falls within the remit of our Licensing section.  

Further information on HMO licensing is available at the Scottish Government website and Shelter Scotland.


Who can I speak to for advice?

  1. Falkirk Council Private Sector Team (see contact details below) 
  2. Shelter Scotland (see the Shelter Scotland contact us page)  

How can I get help to pay my rent?

If you are on a low income, you may be able to eligible for Housing Benefit.  See our Housing Benefit for more information.


Can I get help to manage my private tenancy?

Information on the help available to manage your tenancy can be found on our Tenancy Support page.


What are my landlord’s health and safety obligations?

Information on your landlord's health and safety obligations can be found in your Tenant Information Pack or the Private Residential Tenancy Agreement and easy-read notes for details.


Where can I get Housing Options Advice?

You can access information and assistance from our Housing Options page 


Where can I get Energy Advice and help to reduce my fuel bills?

Home Energy Scotland can help to support you to reduce your fuel bills.