Applying for social housing

Who can apply for social housing

You can apply for social housing anywhere in Scotland if you’re 16 or over.

If you’re not from the UK or Ireland, check how your immigration status affects your housing options. You might have to meet certain immigration conditions to get a home from the council, but you can still apply to housing associations.

How long you’ll wait

Waiting times depend on:

  • how many homes are available in your area

  • how many other people are on the waiting list

  • your priority level, based on your circumstances and needs

Increase your chances of getting a home

You could get a home more quickly if you:

  • apply to all the social housing providers in your area

  • apply in any other areas you’d consider moving to

  • be flexible about the types of homes you'd consider

  • give full details about all the reasons you need a home

Always update your application if your circumstances change.

Last updated: 19 January 2023

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