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Rents Guidance for Landlords
The prhp has jurisdiction to look at the amount of rent paid under a tenancy in certain circumstances. Below is an explanation of how we can become involved in assessing a rent.
If you are a landlord of a regulated tenancy under the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984, then you can apply to the Rent Officer to have a 'fair rent' fixed. The Rent Service Scotland website gives their contact details and access to the Fair Rent Register. Ordinarily, 'fair rents' only apply to tenancies established before 1989.
If either you or your tenant is dissatisfied with the rent fixed by the Rent Officer, then either of you landlord can apply to the prhp to have the ' fair rent' determined by a Private Rented Housing Committee. The prhp can deal with applications under Part VII of the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984.
The prhp can also hear appeals brought under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988. Where there is a statutory assured tenancy and the landlord serves a notice proposing to increase the rent, (form AT2) the tenant may refer the notice to the prhp and ask a Committee to fix an open market rent. The prhp also deals with appeals by landlords or tenants where the other party has proposed a review of the terms of the tenancy.
A tenant under a short assured tenancy can ask the Committee to decide what the rent should be under section 34 of the 1988 Act.
In cases under the 1988 Acts the prescribed forms must be used as the relevant legislation requires this. These forms can be downloaded from our website or obtained by contacting our office.|