Overview of Rights

Social Rented Housing


• Most tenancies have no end date.

• Many social rented tenants have strong rights as Scottish secure tenants.


• Few houses available.

• Usually have waiting lists.

• Apply directly to the landlord or via the local authority Common Housing Register.


• Usually the cheapest way to rent.

• Rent can be covered with Housing Benefit.

• Bills and council tax paid separately.

• No deposit needed, discuss upfront costs.

• Adaptations are usually arranged and funded by the landlord.


Private Rented Housing


• Most tenancies last for six or twelve months.

• Landlord may need a reason to evict, and must follow correct procedures.

• If you are sharing with your landlord you may have fewer rights.


• Good - there are lots of homes to choose from in most areas.

• Available through letting agencies, websites, local papers and adverts in shop windows.


• Generally more expensive than social rented housing.

• Bills and council tax are usually paid separately.

• Deposit and rent are generally needed in advance.

• Some landlords may not accept Housing Benefit.

• Many landlords will allow adaptations to be carried out and they cannot unreasonably refuse to allow adaptations and some grant funding may be available.


Owner Occupation


• Eviction is less likely but is still possible if you do not keep up your mortgage repayments.


• Good - there are lots of homes to choose from in most areas.

• Check your nearest Solicitors' Property Centre, property websites and local and national papers.


• The most expensive option, but prices vary in areas.

• Regular income required to get a mortgage.

• There are lots of extra costs involved.

• Owners have to pay for all repairs.

• Some grant assistance may be available to help with the costs of adapting your house.



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