From 1 May 2013 a tenant information pack (which is a standardised document) will have to be provided for all new assured and short assured tenancies. Landlords who provide an assured or short assured tenancy will have a legal duty to provide new tenants with a tenant information pack, under section 30A of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988. This includes the renewal of existing tenancies where the landlord and tenant draw up a new lease. A tenant information pack will not be required for existing leases.
The tenant information pack includes information on the Repairing Standard, and its provision satisfies the separate obligation of a landlord to provide a tenant with written information about the landlord’s duty to repair and maintain (Chapter 4 of Part 1 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006).
If a letting agent manages the tenancy the tenant should still receive a pack. A letting agent can provide the pack on behalf of the landlord. However, the legal duty to ensure that the tenant receives a tenant information pack remains with the landlord.