Managing a Tenancy
This is brief description of how to manage your tenancy. You can find more detailed information by clicking the title links below.
Your landlord registration lasts for three years from the date it was approved. You must keep the information held on the register up to date.
At Moray Council Benefits Service we think landlords/agents are important stakeholders in the service we provide. We want to work with landlords/agents to ensure that they receive payment promptly and that overpayments are minimised. In return we ask landlords/agents to respect our obligations towards claimant confidentiality and the Data Protection Act when they make enquiries about their tenants.
A tenancy agreement should lay out how much the rent is, when it should be paid and how it should be paid. Your agreement can have a rent increase clause detailing when the rent can go up and by how much. You are entitled to increase the rent as long as you are beyond the initial stage of the lease - 6 months or 12 months depending on the tenancy type.
If the tenancy agreement is a private residential tenancy, the law states that you must use certain forms/notices for certain purposes. You can find the rent increase notice and other notices and forms by visiting the Scottish Government website.
If your tenant misses a rent payment then you should contact them and find out why. It may be that they have lost their job or have been signed off work sick and they may be entitled to claim Local Housing Allowance (LHA). They may even be waiting for their Local Housing Allowance claim to be processed.
The Repairing Standard is a basic level of repair which all private rented accommodation must reach. If the property doesn't reach the Repairing Standard and the landlord refuses to carry out the necessary work, then a landlord can be reported to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland.
As a landlord, you must take reasonable steps to manage or stop antisocial behaviour in the properties you let. We can help you meet these obligations but will take action against you if you don't take reasonable steps to manage or stop antisocial behaviour.
Your rights as a landlord are restricted and you need to be careful to avoid making yourself vulnerable to civil or criminal action.