In recent weeks, you might have heard that changes are coming to the laws around tenant evictions in Scotland. We’re here to explain the changes to legislation and how they could affect you.


Changes to Scottish eviction legislation


The Scottish government announced that the temporary legislation relating to extended eviction notice periods will expire at the end of March 2022.

This means that from March 31st onwards, notice periods for evictions will revert back to the original requirements in place prior to the pandemic. The only temporary measure which will remain in place, for the time being, is that all grounds for eviction are discretionary.


What rules are changing?


During the period between the 7th of April 2020 to the 30th March 2022, The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 made changes to the requisite notice period if a landlord wished to regain possession of a let property.

The Scottish Parliament have confirmed their intention to allow the longer notice periods for eviction to expire on 30 March 2022.


Are tenant notice periods changing?


In short, no. The obligation on a tenant to provide the landlord with 28 days’ notice of their intention to vacate the property remains the same. Should the landlord wish to regain possession, the notice period depends on the grounds for eviction being used.

For more information about tenancy law and evictions, you can contact us at Tay Letting.