Court action

This section explains how the legal and court systems in Scotland work and how they can help you with your housing problems. There's also advice on how to make a complaint about a variety of things plus information on discrimination and harassment.

Housing laws differ between Scotland and England
This content applies to Scotland only
Get advice if you're in England

  • The legal system

    This section explains where Scots law comes from, how it is made and what the courts base their decisions on. It will help you to understand the history of the law in Scotland and how

  • Alternatives to court action

    Depending on the circumstances, it might not be appropriate to take your case to court. You might still need a hand to sort it out. See what options are available to you.

  • Legal representation

    If you have a housing problem and need legal advice, you may need to see a lawyer and if you go to court, you might need a lawyer to represent you.

  • Going to court

    If you are taking a case to court or defending a case, you need to know what to do, and what some technical legal terms mean, and this section can help.

  • What happens at court?

    Going to court can be intimidating. This section gives you some pointers so you'll be prepared if you have to go to court in person. Find out who does what and how it usually works.

  • Legal costs

    Getting legal advice and representation can be expensive. You might be entitled to Legal Aid. This section explains more about legal aid, solicitors' fees, court fees and court expenses.

  • Making complaints

    If you've been treated badly by a public body, or aren't happy with the service you've received from your solicitor, you can make a formal complaint. This section explains how to go about it.

  • Discrimination and harassment

    What you can do if the council or your landlord treats you less favourably or harrasses you. This could be due to your race, sexual orientation or gender for example.

Speak to a Shelter Scotland adviser

Call Shelter Scotland's free housing advice helpline

0808 800 4444
9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Email an adviser

You can also email a housing adviser. We aim to respond within three working days.

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