Your tenancy agreement is the most important document you have for your new home. It sets out your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. You should keep it in a safe place as you may need to refer to it again. We will have gone through the most important parts of your tenancy agreement with you before you signed it. This handbook explains parts of your agreement in more detail. It also tells you where you can get more information if you need it.
If two or more people have signed the tenancy agreement, each one is a joint tenant and is responsible for making sure that all the tenancy conditions are met. You can apply for someone to be added to your tenancy agreement as a joint tenant after your tenancy has started.
Changing your tenancy agreement
Once it has started, your tenancy agreement can only be changed in four circumstances.
- If we increase the rent or service charge in the way described in paragraph 1.7 of the agreement.
- If you or we apply to the Sheriff under Section 26 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 for an order to change the tenancy agreement, and the Sheriff grants that order.
- If we agree with you in writing to change it. (This will only happen in exceptional circumstances. For example, we may agree to change the period of notice you need to give to end your tenancy.)
- If an antisocial behaviour order is made against you. In this case, the tenancy may change to a short Scottish secure tenancy. This would mean that you would have fewer rights and less security on your home.
Once you have been in your new home for a few weeks, we will contact you to arrange a settling-in visit. There is usually so much going on when you’re moving in that we don’t have time to make sure that you know about all the services that we provide. During the visit you have the opportunity to let us know if there are any problems you need us to help you with or any support that you need. We can also let you know about activities we do that you can join.
Your rights and responsibilities as a tenant
The following is a summary of the main rights and responsibilities you have as a tenant. However, you should see your actual tenancy agreement for more details.
1 Your rights
- To have the security of a tenancy agreement
- To enjoy your home
- To have a joint tenancy, take in a lodger, sublet your property, transfer (assign) your tenancy or swap homes with another tenant (a mutual exchange)
- To have a home that is weather-proof and fit to live in
- To have certain repairs carried out
- To improve or alter your home
- To receive information and be consulted
- To complain
2 Your responsibilities
- To live in the property as your main or only home
- To pay your rent
- To avoid damage to the property
- To respect others
- To report repairs and keep your home well decorated
- To give us access to carry out repairs