Find a home
Most of Sanctuary Scotland’s 6,500-plus homes are available for social rent.
These properties are generally more affordable than those available from private landlords.
We hold our own waiting lists for properties in parts of the country. However, housing policies mean local authorities allocate Sanctuary homes in some council areas.
The length of time you have to wait for a home will depend on availability and your individual circumstances.
For a home in Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire:
- Register with HomeHunt (link opens in new window)
For a home in Arbroath (Angus):
- Apply to Angus Council directly (link opens in a new window)
For a home in North Lanarkshire:
- Join North Lanarkshire's Common Housing Register (link opens in new window)
For a home in Edinburgh:
- Apply to Edinburgh City Council directly (link opens in new window)
For a home in Inverclyde:
- Join the Inverclyde Common Housing Register (link opens in new window)
For a home in Dundee, Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire:
- Phone 0800 131 3348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask our Customer Service Centre for an application form.
- Dundee, East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire applicants will increase their chance of a Sanctuary home if they also apply to the local council directly.
Wherever you apply, we will assess your priority and update you accordingly.
The number of bedrooms will depend on where you wish to live and your individual circumstances. We try to provide:
- One bedroom for every adult couple
- One bedroom for any other person aged 16 or over (14 or over with HomeHunt in Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire)
- Children aged under eight are normally expected to share a room
- A boy and girl aged 8 or over will normally get their own room
- Children of the same sex aged 8 or over but under 16 (under 14 with HomeHunt in Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire) are normally expected to share
- Children of the same sex with 8 or more years between them (10 or more with HomeHunt in Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire) will normally get their own room
You can request a spare room over and above these criteria but are less likely to be successful.
Mutual exchange is often the best way to obtain the house you want in your chosen area. Existing tenants may be able to exchange with another public sector tenant in certain areas.
To find someone to swap homes with:
House Exchange (new window)This service is free to Sanctuary Scotland tenants and helps allocate our homes in the North East.
Home Swapper (new window)The free HomeSwapper service helps you arrange a mutual exchange with thousands of tenants across Scotland.
You need our permission before a swap (or mutual exchange) can take place.
Our decision will take into account many factors including any rent arrears and the condition of your property.
If your application is rejected, we will explain why.
You can also ask your local office for a transfer form or contact our Customer Service Centre to find out more information about Mutual Exchanges and transfer applications.
- Tenants whose home becomes too large for them may be given priority for smaller accommodation.
- Overcrowding occurs when there are not enough bedrooms for a family. This is worked out from the ages and gender of those sharing a bedroom. If your home is overcrowded, or your family increases, you may be given priority to transfer to a larger house. Phone 0800 131 3348 and ask to speak to your local office for details.
- If the number of people in your household changes, please let us know. Your level of entitlement may be affected if you are in receipt of benefits.
If you would like this information in booklet format please download our How to apply for housing leaflet (PDF 114KB).
You can end your tenancy by giving us 28 days notice in writing.
If you give us less than 28 days notice, we charge rent for the full notice period. We need this time to arrange for another tenant to move in.
Before you move out:
- At least four weeks before the date you wish to move, tell our Customer Service Centre in writing you wish to end your tenancy – your housing officer will arrange to visit you before you leave
- Clear rent arrears and other debts
- Remove furniture and personal belongings including carpets and other floor coverings - or you may be charged for their removal
- Make sure your home is clean, in good repair and free from rubbish – leave it as you found it
- Return the keys to your local office
- If you receive benefits, let the Benefits Office know
- Sanctuary Scotland is building Mid-Market Rent properties in Glasgow, Gartcosh, and Aberdeen for households on low to moderate incomes.
- To find out more visit our Mid-Market Rent properties page.
We recently reviewed our allocations policy and completed a consultation as part of this process. Our policies can be seen below:
Some of the hundreds of homes we build each year are sold through the Scottish Government’s New Supply Shared Equity (NSSE) scheme.
These new homes are more affordable than similar properties sold on the open market.
New Supply Shared Equity (NSSE) is part of the Scottish Government’s Low-cost Initiative for First Time Buyers (LIFT) scheme, aimed at people on low incomes who wish to own their own home.
Homes sold through NSSE are often a more affordable option than similar properties on the open market.
Each scheme’s qualifying criteria is set by the Scottish Government or local authority on a project-by-project basis. If you wish to buy a home, we may have the right property for you.
- You pay between 60% and 80% of the home’s market value
- The Scottish Government retain the remaining stake, in the form of an interest-free loan
Those who buy using the NSSE scheme pay no rent and own their home outright.
To find out where we currently have homes for sale: