Eviction from council, housing association or co-op accommodation and temporary accommodation

Councils, housing associations and housing co-ops have to follow special legal procedures to evict tenants. This section explains these procedures and what you may be able to do to prevent the eviction. It also explains your rights if you are facing eviction from temporary homeless accommodation.

Whether you can be evicted and how depends on the type of tenancy agreement you have. Most council, housing association and housing co-op tenants have either Scottish secure tenancies (SSTs) or short Scottish secure tenancies (SSSTs). If you're not sure what kind of tenancy you have, you can use our online tenancy checker to find out.

If your landlord wants to evict you, get advice immediately. An adviser may be able to help get the eviction stopped or delayed. Use the Advice Services Directory to find an advice centre near you.

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  • The eviction process

    Eviction of council tenants - what the council needs to do. For short Scottish secure tenants and if you're being evicted for temporary housing from the council.

  • Grounds for eviction

    If your landlord wants to evict you, they have to provide a reason. This page lists the reasons that can be used by councils. Depending on the reason, you may be offered alternative accommodation.

  • Eviction of short Scottish secure tenants

    Short Scottish secure tenants can be evicted more easily than Scottish secure tenants. This page explains more about the eviction process.

  • Eviction from temporary accommodation

    This page explains what happens if you are evicted from temporary accommodation provided by the council when you made a homeless application.

  • Abandoning a tenancy

    Your landlord can end your tenancy if you don't tell them you're leaving. Abandonment procedures are different from steps to evict you. Find out what you can do.

Speak to a Shelter Scotland adviser

Call Shelter Scotland's free housing advice helpline

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Email an adviser

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

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