Council, housing association and housing co-op tenancies

This section explains your rights if you rent your home from the council or from a registered social landlord (RSL). Housing associations such as the Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and housing cooperatives are RSLs.

It also explains your rights if you are homeless and living in temporary accommodation. If you are a council, housing association or housing co-op tenant, you will probably have either a Scottish secure tenancy (SST) or a short Scottish secure tenancy (SSST). The pages below explain your rights if you have these kind of tenancies.

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  • Scottish secure tenancies

    You will be a Scottish secure tenant if you rent from the council, a housing association or a housing co-op. Find out more about Scottish secure tenancies here.

  • Short Scottish secure tenancies

    This section explains what a short Scottish secure tenancy is and what your rights are if you have an SSST agreement with the council, a housing association or a housing cooperative.

  • Your responsibilities

    If you have an SST or an SSST you have rights as a tenant. However, you also have certain responsibilities. Try to keep to your tenancy agreement's terms, otherwise you may get evicted.

  • Rights in temporary accommodation

    Find out your rights in homeless temporary accommodation.

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