Housing after EU exit (social and private housing)

Last updated: 22 March 2019

The UK may be leaving the European Union.

EU exit (also known as Brexit) may have an effect on the way you live in Scotland.

This may include changes to housing.

EU exit has not happened, and many of the details are not yet known or are regularly changing. This page gives the most up-to-date information, but it will be added to and changed over time, so please keep checking back for updates.

UK citizens

If you currently live in Scotland and are a UK citizen, EU exit 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', EU exit 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.

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

The UK Government has a page giving more information and advice on EU citizens' rights in the UK after EU exit.

Landlords

If you're a private landlord in Scotland, EU exit 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 EU exit will be added to this page as new information is available.

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

The content on this site is correct as of today's date and is based on the information available at this time. Regular updates will be made as the EU Exit process develops. In the event of a 'no deal', additional advice and information will be given on this site. Please continue to check back for updates.