Families and households
This content applies to Scotland only.
Housing laws vary between Scotland and England. Get advice relating to England
This section looks at the housing issues that can arise when you live with other people, such as family members, your husband, wife or civil partner, an opposite sex or same sex partner, flatmates or housemates. It explains your rights if you share rented accommodation or move in with your partner, and also your position if your relationship breaks down or you are experiencing domestic abuse. Your rights will vary depending on the legal status of your relationship and whether you own or rent your home.
When you share rented accommodation, your rights depend on if you have joint or separate tenancies and who your landlord is (for example, the council or a private landlord).
Your rights if you live with a partner depend on if you rent or own your home and if you are married or in a civil partnership. There's no common law marriage in Scotland - check your rights.
It's natural that you won't always see eye to eye with your parents. If you're having problems living at home, check what your options are and how you might improve relationships to let you stay.
Having children is one of life's biggest changes and could dramatically change your housing needs. This section explains how your legal rights in relation to housing are affected by pregnancy.
This section helps you solve posssible housing issues if you are separating from your husband, wife or partner. Your rights depend on several factors so see what your situation means you should do.
How to tackle housing issues around domestic abuse: finding somewhere to live, what to do if you're homeless due to domestic abuse and how to exclude the abusive partner from your home.
This page has information on getting counselling or mediation to help work through your problems.
For carers who look after a relative, partner or friend. This section looks at how to get help from social work and other organisations, including financial support.
This section looks at your housing rights if a member of your household dies. Your rights depend on if you rent or own your home, and what arrangements the person made before they died.