Living together

Your rights if you move in with a partner will depend on whether you rent or own your home and whether you are married or in a civil partnership. Many people believe that if they live together, they have the same rights as a married couple. This is not the case. There's no such thing as common law marriage in Scotland and you will have fewer rights if you just live together than you would do if you were married or in a civil partnership.

Housing laws differ between Scotland and England
This content applies to Scotland only
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  • Moving in together

    Moving in with a partner is a big step. This page looks at things you need to think about. It's important to know what your housing rights are so you're prepared.

  • Rights if you rent together

    If you move into rented accommodation with your partner, your rights will depend on what names are on the tenancy agreement. Check your rights and what you can do to strengthen them.

  • Rights if you or your partner own the home

    If you and/or your partner own your home, your rights will depend on the names on the title deeds and if you are married. This affects your housing rights if your relationship breaks down.

  • Civil partnerships

    A civil partnership gives same sex couples similar rights to opposite sex couples who are married. This page looks at housing rights for civil partners.

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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