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Sharing rented accommodation

When you share rented accommodation with other people, it's important to choose carefully who you live with and to check that you understand your rights. Your rights will depend on whether you and your housemates have joint or separate tenancies and who your landlord is (for example, the council or a private landlord). This will affect how easily you can be evicted, and what you can do if you have problems with your housemates.

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  • Choosing who to live with

    If you're leaving home for the first time, choosing who to live with can be as important as choosing where to live. Check out your options and what each one means before you decide.

  • Things to agree in advance

    If you will have joint or separate tenancies will have a big impact on your rights. It also helps if everyone agrees on some ground rules before you move in.

  • Your rights if you share

    If you're moving into shared rented accommodation, your rights depend on who you live with and if you have a joint or separate tenancy. This page looks at your rights.

  • Joint tenancies

    If you and your flatmates have a joint tenancy agreement, you will all have the same rights and responsibilities. So you are all equally responsible for the rent and keeping to the tenancy agreement's terms.

  • Problems with housemates

    You might have problems with the people you live with for a variety of reasons. This page explains what you can do. Your landlord, the council or the police may be able to help.

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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