Private renting

Information on how to find privately rented housing including advice and support for existing private tenants.


You may have to pay a deposit before you move in. This is usually 1 or 2 month's rent in advance.

If you're having problems getting a deposit you may qualify for help from the Citizens Advice Bureau.

The Citizens Advice Bureau manages the East Renfrewshire Rent Deposit Scheme. We can refer you to the Citizens Advice Bureau if you're homeless or struggling to raise a deposit.

Help with rent 

You might qualify for Housing Benefit to help with your rent even if you're working. 

The amount you'll get depends on your income and savings.

The Local Housing Allowance sets the maximum benefit you can get for a private rental.

Your rights

Your rights are normally included in your tenancy agreement. Your rights include:

Private tenant information pack

Private landlords have a legal duty to give new tenants a tenant information pack.

It gives details about your tenancy and you and your landlord's rights and responsibilities. The landlord or letting agent must give you this before your tenancy start date.

The landlord can be fined if they don't provide this.

If you became a new tenant after May 2013 and didn't receive a pack, phone 0141 577 8362.

The Repairing Standard

The Repairing Standard is part of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006. It covers the standard properties of private landlord must meet to rent to tenants.

Deposit protection 

Your landlord must put your deposit in a government approved tenancy deposit scheme.

Short term letting

The Scottish Government will be introducing mandatory regulations to licence short term lets in Scotland later this year. They have a consultation running until 13 August 2021 around policy and draft guidance.

Ahead of the introduction, we'd like to gain a better understanding of the numbers likely to apply for a licence, as well as any feedback on the draft guidance.

Provide feedback and access the Scottish Government consultation.

Last modified on 13 July 2021