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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.

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    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.

    Browse advice by topic

    Homeless, sofa surfing, or nowhere safe to stay

    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 in your home

    Find out who's responsible for repairs in your home, how to report a repair to your landlord, and what to do if your landlord will not do repairs.

    Domestic abuse and violence

    This section looks at housing rights and where to get help if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

    Relationship ending and your home

    Find out your rights to stay in your home if your relationship ends and where to go if a partner asks you to leave.

    Sharing your home with other people

    You have rights and responsibilities when you live with other people. You can get support and financial help if you care for someone.

    Complaints and going to court

    Your housing rights are written in law. If you are being treated unfairly you can make complaints or take court action to put it right.

    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 home.

    Neighbourhood problems

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

    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.

    We’re here for everyone, but only with your support