Rent and mortgage
Support available which could help with your rent or mortgage.
You could get help to pay your rent if you're unemployed, on a low income or getting benefits:
If you're under pension age
Universal Credit and housing costs
If you're pension age or over
If you are a private tenant, the law protects you and it's important to keep up to date with your renting rights. This will allow you to feel more confident in challenging poor or illegal practices if a situation arises.
Can you get help with rent?
You can use an independent benefits calculator to check if you can help with your rent.
Discretionary Housing Payment
If you get Housing Benefit or Universal Credit and cannot afford your rent you may be able to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment.
Rent arrears: Tenant Grant Fund
If you’re worried about rent arrears you could get support from this fund through your local council. It’s for both social and private tenants.
Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI)
If you're a homeowner and getting certain benefits you could get help towards interest payments on your mortgage.
Shelter Scotland offers housing advice to everyone whether you're homeless or you own your home.
Home Owners’ Support Fund
If you're at risk of having your home repossessed, the Home Owners' Support Fund may be able to help you.