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Housing after Brexit (social and private housing)

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. This process is often known as 'Brexit'.

The UK Government and the EU have now agreed a deal on their future relationship. From 1 January 2021 this new relationship with the EU will begin.

There will be effects on some areas of life in Scotland. This may include changes to housing.

This page will be updated to give the latest facts. Keep checking back for new information.

UK citizens

If you currently live in Scotland and are a UK citizen, Brexit will not affect either:

  • your right to apply for social housing
  • your right to rent property in the 'private sector' (from a landlord or letting agent)

EU citizens

If you're an EU citizen currently living in Scotland and you have 'settled status', Brexit will not affect either:

  • your right to apply for social housing
  • your right to rent property in the 'private sector' (from a landlord or letting agent)

EU citizens will need to apply for settled status before 30 June 2021. The EU citizens living in Scotland page gives the latest information on this, including details on how to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

The UK Government also has a tool that gives guidance on how to stay in the UK after Brexit if you're an EU citizen.

If you don't have settled status, you may not have the same rights you do now through the right to freedom of movement.

Landlords

If you're a private landlord in Scotland, Brexit will not affect the way you rent properties out. All UK and EU citizens should still have the right to rent from you.

In England, recent legislation called the 'right to rent' means private landlords have to check to make sure the person they're letting a property out to has permission to remain in the UK.

This 'right to rent' legislation does not yet apply to Scotland, so landlords do not have to carry out those checks here.

More information

More details on housing after Brexit will be added to this page as new information is available.

Meanwhile, there are a number of other sites you can check for updates:

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