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At Shelter Scotland we don’t provide houses, but we do provide answers. From homelessness to home owner, we’ve housing advice for everyone.

Get Housing Advice

At Shelter Scotland we don’t provide houses, but we do provide answers. From homelessness to home owner, we’ve housing advice for everyone.

Get a quick overview

A Guide to Renting Privately

Access our one-stop resource for people renting from a private landlord or letting agent

A Guide to Homelessness

Read our guide on your rights and responsibilities and how you can find help.

A Guide to Social Housing

This guide explains how to go about getting housing from the council or a registered social landlord (a housing association or housing cooperative)

A Guide if you're a Student

All you need to know about housing when you're a student.

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Find out what homelessness is and how it can be avoided, plus how you can get help from the council, what your housing rights are and where to get help if you're sleeping rough.

Finding a place to live

This section provides information about the different housing options available, from council housing, to renting to buying your own home.

Renting rights

If you rent your home rather than owning it, you will have a tenancy. A tenancy is a right to live in a property.

Paying for a home

This section contains information about paying your rent, deposits and information about rent arrears, mortgages, council tax and advice on what to do if you get into debt.

Are you homeless or at risk of becoming homeless? Find out how to apply to your nearest council for immediate help.

Eviction from your home

Facing eviction from your tenancy by your landlord? If you rent in Scotland from the council, private landlord or RSL find out your tenancy rights.

Repossession of your home and how to stop it

Repossession can often be stopped. Check the repossession procedures and what tenants and partners' rights are and find out about the actual eviction process.

Repairs and bad conditions

Find out how to get repairs carried out in rented and owner-occupied housing and how to improve your accommodation if it's unsuitable for your needs.

Families and households

This section looks at housing issues that can arise when you live with other people. It explains your rights if you share rented accommodation and also your position if your relationship breaks down.

Court action

How the legal system in Scotland works and how they can help with housing problems. Advice on making a complaint plus information on discrimination and harassment.

Information for disabled people

This section looks at housing issues you may face as a disabled person and explains your rights.

Healthy homes

This section looks at how you can keep your home warm, the effects of fuel poverty, how to make your home more energy efficient and where you can get help with the cost heating your

Information for landlords

This section contains essential information for landlords, to help you understand your rights and responsibilities and the rights and responsibilities of your tenants.

Neighbourhood Problems

This section deals with antisocial behaviour, boundary disputes and has information on residents' associations and planning issues.

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