Death in the household

This section tells you if you have a right to continue living in your home if someone you live with dies. Even if you have lived in your home for a long time, your rights will depend on a number of things, including if your home is rented or bought and if you are related to the person who died, and if you have signed any legal documents giving you a right to stay. It also points you in the direction of further support.

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  • Things to think about

    Get an idea of how a death in your household can affect you. It also points out what you need to ask to find out what your rights are.

  • What if I live in a rented house and someone dies?

    If you rent and someone living with you has died so you are worried about if you can stay, you need to ask whose name is the lease in, and who is the landlord.

  • If the owner of your home dies

    Check your rights if you and/or someone you live with owns your home and they die. This depends on several factors, like your relationship and if they have left a will.

  • If your mum or dad has died

    This page gives you an idea of your rights if one, or both, of your parents has died.

  • Bereavement help and advice

    Losing someone close to you is a terrible experience to go through. This section points you in the direction of agencies who can help you.

  • Bereavement benefits

    If your husband or wife has died in the last year, you may be entitled to some special benefits.

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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