Scottish housing advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)
Moving and leaving home
You are currently allowed to move home and carry out tasks connected to the buying, selling and renting out of a home, for example:
visiting estate or letting agents
viewing a property that you're interested in buying or renting
moving into a home
preparing a home to move into or
preparing a property so that it can be sold or rented.
All persons must comply with any regulations, for example, you may need to delay a move if there are people who are self-isolating.
Check the most recent Scottish Government guidance on moving home.
If you are buying or selling a home, always speak to your solicitor first.
Private residential tenancies
If you want to end the tenancy, you will have to give the landlord 28 days notice in writing. The notice has to state the day on which the tenancy is to end; usually, the day after the notice period has expired.
Find out more about private residential tenancies.
Short assured and assured tenancies
If you want to leave before the end of your tenancy, you will need to check your tenancy; It should state on your tenancy agreement whether you can do this and how much notice you have to give.
Even if this is not mentioned on the tenancy agreement, you may be able to arrange with your landlord.
If you live in purpose-built student accommodation, and you want to end your tenancy because of the coronavirus outbreak, the amount of notice you need to give your landlord depends on when you moved in:
before 27 May 2020 -
you need to give 7 days notice that you are going to leave
on or after 27 May 2020 -
you need to give 28 days notice that you are going to leave.
The notice has to be in writing, and the tenancy will end the day after the notice period ends.
Find out more about student accommodation.
Common law tenancies
If you are a common law tenant, you should check if there is a break clause in your tenancy agreement that allows you to leave the property early. If there isn't a break clause, you will then need to negotiate with your landlord to see if they can leave your tenancy early.
Find out more about common law tenancies.
Last updated: 24 January 2021