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Finding a place to live

If you are looking for somewhere to live, whether you need emergency accommodation or want to rent or buy a property, you will find help and advice on the following pages.

If you are a bit younger or a bit older, there is information which can help you make informed decisions about your housing options.

Finding accommodation

Help with finding accommodation including local authority services for homeless people, accommodation agencies and deposits and premiums.

Housing options for older people

Links to organisations providing information on housing options for older people including staying at home, sheltered housing or moving in with family.

Young people and housing

Document covers the rights of children and young people who are homeless, organisations which can help and includes information on renting and buying accommodation.

Care homes

Website and helpline details for Care Information Scotland and Age Scotland who can give information about care homes, including choosing a care home and paying for residential care, and for Scottish Mediation who have a specific service for helping to sort out problems of older people and care.


Definition of a croft; information on acquiring a crofting tenancy, buying a croft, grants and loans, and organisations which provide advice.

A Guide for Mobile Home Owners in Scotland

Leaflet with information on the rights and responsibilities of mobile home owners who live permanently in their homes.

Equity release – raising money from your home

Leaflet from the Money Advice Service about equity release schemes, which allow older people to use the value of their home to raise additional income or a cash lump sum.

Housing options for people leaving the Armed Forces, veterans and their families

Information for people who are about to leave the armed forces, veterans and dependents, on finding accommodation. Covers sources of help and care homes for veterans and disabled ex-service personnel.