Tenant Information Packs

MAY 30, 2013 ‹ back to news & views

Tenant Information Packs – Information for Landlords of Residential Properties

From 1 May 2013, all landlords who grant new assured or short assured tenancies have a duty to provide new tenants with a Tenant Information Pack, under section 30A of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988.

The tenant information pack is a standardised pack detailing the property address, the tenancy type, the tenancy period, the landlord’s name, address and registration number and information about gas and electrical safety, the energy performance of the property, the applicable Tenancy Deposit Scheme and the rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants.  You can view the Tenant Information Pack online at www.scotland.gov.uk/tenant/info

The law applies where the landlord and tenant enter into a new lease. Tenants under existing leases will not have to be provided with a tenant information pack. Similarly, it will not be necessary for a landlord to provide a pack where a lease has reached its initial expiry date but continues because neither the tenant nor landlord has given notice to quit.
Landlords must provide new tenants with the pack by the lease start date. Letting agents can provide the pack on behalf of the landlord but the legal obligation to ensure the tenants receive a pack is on the landlord. Failure to provide a tenant information pack is a criminal offence and landlords who do not provide a pack could be fined up to £500.
More information and guidance notes for landlords and tenants can be found on the Scottish Government website. For further information please contact philipbuchan@r-r-urquhart.com