Eviction of Gypsies/Travellers

This section looks at the rights of Gypsies/Travellers who have been asked to leave a site.

It explains your rights on council and privately run sites, and on unauthorised sites, and looks at what you can do if the police get involved.

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  • Eviction by the council

    This page looks at what Gypsies/Travellers can do if the council has asked you to leave an authorised or unauthorised site, and when the council has the right to make you move on.

  • Eviction from private land

    Your rights depend on what kind of private site you stay on. You might be on a protected or unprotected site, or have no permission to stay.

  • Eviction from your own land

    Even if you own the land you are camped on, you may be evicted if you don't have the right permissions to use it as a site.

  • Eviction by the police

    If you are a Gypsy/Traveller and you're being evicted, the police may try to remove you. What you can do about the eviction and how to avoid it happening.

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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