New Rent Regulations to come into force on 01 April 2023
The Private Residential Tenancies and Assured Tenancies (Prescribed Notices and Forms) (Temporary Modifications) (Scotland) Regulations 2023 were laid before the Scottish Parliament on 02 March 2023 and come into force on 01 April 2023.
These Regulations temporarily modify the Private Residential Tenancies (Prescribed Notices and Forms) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 and the Rent Regulation and Assured Tenancies (Forms) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 in response to emergency measures introduced by the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022, which came into force on 28 October 2022.
The instrument makes temporary changes to the prescribed notices and forms within the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 and the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988 to:
-enable a landlord from 1 April 2023 to issue a rent increase notice to a tenant, in line with the permitted rate or ‘rent cap’ set by Scottish Ministers via the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022; and
-enable a tenant to refer a rent increase notice to a Rent Officer because they think the increase may be above the amount permitted by the rent cap.