Tenant Information Pack (TIP)
By law all landlords who issue an assured or short assured tenancy will have a duty to provide new tenants with a Tenant Information Pack from 1 May 2013. Landlords that fail to comply can be fined.
The aim of the tenant information pack is to improve the accessibility of information available to tenants. It is a standardised document available on the Scottish Government website that includes information on:
- tenancy agreements,
- property condition, and
- rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords
From 1 May 2013, a landlord will be required to provide the tenant with standard documents no later than the date on which the tenancy starts, as specified in the Tenant Information Packs (Assured Tenancies) (Scotland) Order 2013.
In particular landlords will be required to provide tenants with the following documents:-
- a copy of the tenancy agreement
- where the tenancy is a Short Assured, a copy of the AT5
- a copy of the relevant gas safety record
- a Tenant Information Pack
The Tenant Information Pack is essentially ‘a tenant’s guide to private sector tenancies in Scotland’, and will include:
- types of tenancies
- grounds for repossession
- energy performance certificate
- gas safety
The Pack also includes information regarding the Repairing Standard similar to what landlords currently provide to tenants in the form of a Repairing Standard letter. In view of this, the Order confirms that landlords will no longer be required to issue a separate Repairing Standard letter to tenants.
The standard documentation can be provided separately or in one bundle. There is also provision for the documents to be provided to the tenant electronically if the tenant gives consent to electronic communication and provides an email address. The landlord must use the email address provided by the tenant for communication in this regard.
Tel: 01592 583397 Contact Landlord Registration Team online
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