Private Tenants Advice & News

Responsibilities as a private tenant

If you have an assured or short assured tenancy, you have many rights as a tenant. However, you also have responsibilities. It is important that you keep to the terms of your tenancy agreement or your landlord may be able to evict you.

There is Protection Against Illegal Eviction and Harrassment For Private Rented Sector Tenants - As a tenant with a private landlord, the law protects you against harassment and illegal eviction, you can get more information by contacting your local Citizens Advice and Rights Fife (CARF) offices for advice and assistance - 0845 1400 095

Pay your rent on time - It is important that you pay your rent on time. If you have rent arrears, don't ignore them!  If you are behind with your rent, your landlord will have grounds to start legal proceedings for eviction. Contact your landlord to discuss how you will clear your arrears. Landlords are much more likely to be sympathetic if they know that you are trying to resolve the matter. 

Remember, if you are renting from a private landlord, they may be relying on your rent to pay the mortgage.

If you are having problems paying your rent, please contact Frontline Fife on 01592 800 430. Frontline Fife offer tenants and landlords impartial free independent Housing Information. They work to prevent homelessness through education, advice, advocacy, support and delivery of services. 

Fire Safety - GET OUT, STAY OUT & DIAL 999 - please take a look at  Scottish Fire & Rescue for information about planning escape routes, smoke alarms, Home Fire Safety Visits, etc as you may required by law to have adequate equipment and procedures. 

Keep the house in good repair - Anyone in your household, or your guests, must not cause any deliberate damage to the property.  If you damage the property or notice that something is faulty, you should report it to your landlord immediately. If you caused the damage, you will be responsible for repairing it.

Everyone is encouraged to think ahead and get ready for all forms of severe weather. If you go away during winter make sure you take measures to stop your pipes from freezing. For further information please contact ‘Ready Scotland’

Getting on with your neighbours - Anyone in your household, or your guests should take care to behave in a way that will not cause nuisance or annoyance to your neighbours. This includes:

  • not playing your music too loud
  • not playing your TV too loud
  • letting yours neighbours know if you are having a party
  • entering and leaving your house quietly
  • disposing of rubbish carefully
  • building a good relationship with your neighbours
  • quickly arranging a rubbish pick up from the council for bulky items
  • not using your house for illegal purposes.

 If you behave in a way that is antisocial, your landlord may have grounds to evict you.

Provide your landlord with proper notice - If you want to leave, you must give proper notice or you could end up with rent arrears and in addition having to pay any legal costs that your landlord incurs.


Heating your Home

 For more information and assistance on heating your home, please contact:


You can also request a Cosy Kingdom, free home energy visit, by completing the attached "Do it On-line" e-form: Cosy Kingdom Referral Form


Please note that any proposed permanent changes to the rental property would need to be discussed with your landlord.


Local Authority Hub gives information and advice on the housing options services provided by the hub. If you would like to know more about Housing Options services delivered by your local authority or find out how they could support your tenants and YOU. Please contact: Housing Advice Line 03451 550033 or Email:

 A directory detailing services across the hub can be found at There is also a step by step interactive guides around different issues which can be found here


New Tenancy Regime

The new Private Residential Tenancy: Perth information event 9/11/17

The Scottish Government in partnership with the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) is pleased to invite you to book to attend an information session regarding the new Scottish Private Residential Tenancy (PRT). The PRT will soon be mandatory for private sector letting in Scotland and will be a major change for most landlords.

Attending the event will allow you to find out all about when and how to use the new tenancy and what it means for your current tenants. 

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the Scottish Government representative as well as of SAL chief executive and pre-eminent expert on Scottish private sector letting, John Blackwood. 

The events are free of charge but booking is essential as numbers are limited by venue capacity. 

Please book now by emailing or calling SAL on 0131 564 0100

Perth information event:
Date: Thursday 9 November 2017
Venue:  Huntingtower Hotel, Crieff Road, Perth PH1 3JT
Time 6.00pm registration for a prompt 6.30pm start. 
See more online.


 Safe Deposit Scotland will be holding a training workshop for landlords and letting agents who want to be prepared in case there is ever a dispute over a registered deposit at the end of a tenancy.

This a free event event and will be held at

Gilvenbank Hotel, Hutsman Road, KY7 6RA
Friday 27th October
1:00pm – 4:00pm

The workshop will provide delegates with case studies of real disputes which have been referred to our adjudication service, including how the adjudicator awarded the disputed amount.

Landlord Registration Team
Tel: 01592 583397 Contact Landlord Registration Team online
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ

Housing Investigation Team
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 61 44 By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ

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