Finding a place to live
This content applies to Scotland only.
Housing laws vary between Scotland and England. Get advice relating to England
This section provides information about the different housing options available, from council housing to buying your own home. It also has information on supported housing, student accommodation and mobile homes, as well as advice for young people leaving home for the first time and a section on moving home.
There are lots of reasons why you may be looking for a new home. If you currently have no home, or if your home is not suitable for you to live in, you may be legally homeless, and can get help from the council.
The housing options open to you depend on your particular circumstances. This section outlines the things you should consider when you're thinking about where you want to live.
How to apply for housing from the council or a registered social landlord (a housing association or housing cooperative). Allocation policies and how to deal with any problems you have applying are included.
Housing associations offer affordable accommodation. Some specialise in accommodation for older people, disabled people or young people and offer support services.
Housing cooperatives are similar to housing associations, but are jointly owned and run by their tenants. This page explains how housing co-ops work and what you need do to apply.
Are you thinking of renting from a private landlord or letting agency? Things you should be aware of when looking at properties. tenancy agreements and what you should do before you move into your new home.
How to buy a home in Scotland. Includes grants that may be available to help you. If you are a council or housing association tenant, you may have the right to buy your home.
Shared ownership is a property being owned jointly by landlord and tenant. Rules vary, so check your rights and responsibilities. Housing associations might allow you to share ownership of your home.
If you need help or adaptations to let you stay in your home, or you're considering moving to a home where you can receive help or that is more suitable for your needs, check what options you have.
When you are offered a place at university or college, you should be sent information about accommodation. If you don't receive anything, call the university's accommodation department.
What you need to consider if you want to buy or rent a mobile home, including a houseboat.
Squatting is not an option in Scotland. If you are caught trying to get into someone else's property or living there without permission, you could end up facing criminal and civil action.
Being young and leaving home should be exciting, but it can also be stressful, this section explains what you should be aware of when leaving home.
What to do when you move into a new home, including how to end a tenancy, exchange your council or housing association home, and how to sell one property and buy another.
This section provides information on the housing rights of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK. It gives advice on how to access support from the UK Border Agency.
Talks about Gypsies/Travellers' rights on various sites, including access to pitches and your rights on site. It also looks at settled housing for Gypsies/Travellers and issues surrounding homelessness.
A croft is defined as a unit of agricultural land. What you can do if you're interested in renting or buying a croft. Crofts were traditionally rented but some people have bought a croft, so find out more.