Renting a private property
The local market
Aberdeenshire has a large private rented sector, rents can be high and deposits are usually needed to secure a property.
Aberdeen Solicitors' Property Centre's (ASPC) website gives details of estate agents operating in Aberdeenshire and properties to rent.
What are my rights and responsibilities as a private tenant?
As a private tenant, you have various rights and responsibilities automatically by law. For example, a landlord has to go through a set process if they want you to leave their property and you do not want to move. You can find out more about these rights and responsibilities from the Scottish Government website.
What if the property I am renting needs repairs?
All property that is rented in the private sector must meet the Repairing Standard. If you think that your property does not meet this standard you should tell your landlord that work needs to be done, and give them reasonable time to complete the work.
If your landlord fails to complete the work you can apply to the Housing and Property Chamber for a ruling that your landlord has failed to carry out necessary repairs. When applying to the Housing and Property Chamber you must give evidence to show that you have contacted your landlord and asked them to do the work.
Can I get help paying my rent?
If you are on a low income and need help to pay your rent you may qualify for local housing allowance.
Rent deposit guarantee scheme
We offer a Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme which allows homeless people, who cannot afford a deposit, to rent private accommodation. Cash is not given but a guarantee offered to the landlord. Further information on the scheme is available from your local Housing office.