The Scottish rental market performed solidly in the last year, with the average rent rising by 0.6 per cent to hit an average of £570 pcm.
In March, the latest month for which data is available, there was a 0.2 per cent rise over February.
The data comes from Your Move which says that despite the overall increase there are wide regional variations with the Edinburgh and Lothians region boasting the highest rents at £668 a month, while the East of Scotland has the cheapest rents at £533 per month.
The Highlands and Islands region was home to the fastest price rises once again, with the typical rent in March some 11.1 per cent higher than a year ago. The average monthly rent in this part of Scotland now stands at £656, making it the second most expensive part of the country.
The agency says that it’s crucial landlords bring themselves up to speed about new rules which affect the way letting agencies are able to conduct business on their behalf, and it is urging landlords to check their agents are complying.
The Letting Agent Code of Practice was introduced on January 31 this year and all agencies are required to sign up to the new rules by September 30 if they wish to continue operating in the sector.
After this date it will be a criminal offence to conduct letting agency work if you are not on the register. Those breaking the rules could face a fine of up to £50,000 and up to six months imprisonment.
Your Move says these rules aim to increase professionalism in the sector and make sure that agents are properly able to handle money received from both tenants and landlords.