Your legal rights regarding homelessness are mainly contained in three laws: the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987, the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001, and the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003.

This section of the website will explain what these laws say, and how these laws affect you if you are homeless in Glasgow. It should also help you to find the type of accommodation you need and want, by showing you what the law says you are entitled to.

The law in Scotland mean that Glasgow City Council has a legal duty to help you if you are:

  • homeless
  • rough sleeping
  • at risk of becoming homeless within the next 56 days

This means that Glasgow City Council must provide you with the accommodation and support that you are entitled to after your homelessness application has been assessed. This did not change when the City Council transferred all its housing to Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), because Glasgow City Council is still legally responsible for you if you are homeless.

The laws were made to help you, but they are complicated because they have to cover the different circumstances of everyone who is, or might become, homeless.

To find out what the law says you are entitled to, you need to compare your own situation to the law. This will let you work out what type of accommodation you are entitled to. The law says that Glasgow City Council must look at three different issues when you make a homelessness application: