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Law Service

The Shelter Scotland Housing Law Service provides free legal advice to help people with housing issues across Scotland.

We cover the following areas of law:

  • Evictions
  • Mortgage repossessions
  • Homelessness
  • Dampness and disrepair
  • Unlawful evictions
  • Abandonments

Our solicitors provide advice and attend court to help people keep their homes, access housing and improve their housing conditions.

Core Values

Access to justice

Our aim is to ensure everyone in Scotland facing homelessness or housing difficulties understands their legal rights.

Human rights based approach

We strive to tackle poverty in housing and empower people to exercise their rights. We are dedicated to improving housing conditions, both through litigation in individual cases and on a strategic level.

Empowerment through knowledge sharing

Our solicitors work alongside our advisers, providing them with legal support to help their clients. We also provide legal counsel to our policy team in the drafting of legislation and deliver training to housing professionals.

Contacting the Law Service

Our Law Service is reached by referral through our housing advisors on the helpline. For more information about your legal rights, first visit our housing advice pages.

Law Conference

We hosted Scotland’s equality law and housing conference on 21 May 2018 to understand the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on homelessness, evictions and housing allocations in Scotland.

Download presentations from the housing law conference event