The content of the new private residential tenancy being introduced in Scotland is the subject of a new consultation by Scottish ministers.

Views are invited between now and Christmas on what should be contained in the recommended model tenancy agreement, being introduced under the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 to replace current assured and short assured tenancies. Which terms should be made to apply to all private tenancies is also up for discussion, along with the content of all the prescribed notices to be used by tenants and landlords under the new tenancy, and whether there should be an option of serving documents electronically, if a tenant and landlord agree. 

The new tenancy is expected to come into force in December 2017. The recommended model agreement will state the core rights and obligations on each side, and enable additional terms to be included specific to the particular agreement, provided these comply with the legislation. It will come with a commentary explaining legal provisions in plain English. It will be possible to complete it electronically.

Click here to access the consultation. The closing date for submissions is 26 Dercember 2016.