If the owner of your home dies

This section looks at your rights if you and/or someone you live with owns your home and they die. This will depend on various different things including your relationship to the person, whether you own a share of the home, and whether or not they have left a Will. This situation can be complicated, and you'll probably need a solicitor to tell you where you stand.

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This content applies to Scotland only
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  • About your rights

    This page explains how you can work out what your rights are if the person you live with dies and they own or co-own your home.

  • Checking the title deeds

    If you own your home jointly and the other person dies, you need to check the title deeds to find out if you will automatically inherit their share.

  • Wills

    Check your rights if the person who owned the home you live in died, whether they left a will or not.

  • Intestacy

    If someone dies without leaving a will, this is called intestacy. There are legal rules that determine what your rights are. Get an idea of whether you might have any rights to the house.

  • Paying for your home

    If someone in your household dies and you have rights to stay, it's really important to make sure that you can afford to pay for it yourself. Check your options.

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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