Finding accommodation is not always easy, and even when you have a place to call your own you could face problems unless you know something about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. We’ve put together some information to get you started.
We’ve put together some information to get you started. It is also available in leaflet form here: Fearless Flathunting and 10 Tips to Avoid Housing Scams. If you find you need more help, or if you just want to chat things through before you make a decision then please contact The Advice Centre.
Please note, you might sometimes see adverts for private accommodation appearing on the SRC website, including our advice webpages. These are simply adverts, paid for by the provider – the SRC Advice Centre does not endorse or promote any particular accommodation provider. If you need advice regarding a tenancy with any provider, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Avoiding Housing Scams
Unfortunately some accommodation adverts are scams, protect yourself by following our check list before handing over money!
Did you know that since 2012 landlords in Scotland legally have to register your tenancy deposit with a tenancy deposit scheme within 30 working days of the tenancy starting? It's an offence if they don't.
Finding accommodation is not always easy, we've got some tips on where to look, where to stay and what to keep an eye out for when you go flat viewing.
Fuel Bills and Utilities
If you are living in private rented accommodation it's likely you'll have fuel bills to pay, separately from your rent. Here are some pointers from the Advice Centre on how to make sure you are paying the right amount, and maybe even save money.
Before they'll agree to let a property to a student, some private landlords or letting agents will ask you to provide a third party to act as a guarantor for the rent payments. This page gives you some more information about what a guarantor is, and some things to watch out for.
Leaving early and Sub-letting
If you're leaving a tenancy earlier than planned, you might need to get someone else to take your place - either taking over your tenancy completely or renting your space from you (sub-letting). This page explains a bit more about this, and what the pitfalls of sub-letting might be.
Making an Inventory (and why it's important)
What is an inventory? An inventory is a list of what items have been supplied with your rented flat, and what condition the flat and the furniture, décor and other items are in. Completing an inventory at the outset can help avoid disputes at the end of your tenancy.
Moving out of your flat at the end of your lease can be a busy and stressful time, especially when you are faced with getting rid of a pile of unwanted belongings. Plan ahead, and read on for our best advice on what you can do with all that stuff, and what else to remember before you go.
Something wrong with your new flat? Do you know what your landlord's responsibilities are?
Know your tenancy rights and your landlord's responsibilities.
Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
A House in Multiple Occupation is a property where three or more unrelated people live, using shared facilities. To find out more on HMOs, read on.
Unfair Terms & Fees
At the SRC Advice Centre we see many different tenancy agreements, each with their own unique terms. Some terms in tenancy agreements are intended to impose a penalty on the tenant should he or she fail to act in accordance with other terms in the agreement. We have been successful in arguing in court that a term such as this constitutes an unfair contract term and that the term was an unfair penalty.