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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, Aberdeenshire or Angus:

For a home in North Lanarkshire:

For a home in Edinburgh:

For a home in Dundee, Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire:

Wherever you apply, we will assess your priority and update you accordingly.

The number of bedrooms your home can have will vary depending where you apply.

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)
  • Children aged under eight, regardless of sex, will normally be expected to share
  • Children of opposite sexes aged eight or over will normally be allocated one bedroom each
  • Children of the same sex aged eight or over and under 16 years old (under 14 with HomeHunt) will normally be allocated one bedroom to share
  • Children of the same sex with eight or more years between them (10 or more years with HomeHunt) will normally be allocated one bedroom each

You can request a spare room over and above these criteria but are less likely to be successful.

For more information please contact your local office.

Mutual exchange is often the best way to obtain the house you want in your chosen area.

You can apply to exchange homes with another Sanctuary or housing association / council tenant if your tenancy agreement allows it.

We approve all reasonable requests to exchange but may refuse in certain circumstances.

Factors taken into account include:

  • Any history of rent arrears, antisocial behaviour or other breaches of tenancy by you or the other tenant
  • The condition of your property

If you find a tenant happy to exchange, we will visit you to discuss your application and let you know if the exchange can take place.

If your application is rejected, we will explain why.

If you have a particular housing need we do our best to help you find a suitable property.

If you wish to move to Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire or Angus:

This service is free to Sanctuary Scotland tenants and helps allocate our homes in the North East.

If you wish to move to Dundee, Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire or North Lanarkshire:

The free HomeSwapper service helps you arrange a mutual exchange with thousands of tenants across Scotland.

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. Contact us 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.

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 your local office 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 (MMR) properties in Glasgow and Aberdeen. The homes in Aberdeen are being built for the city's Key Workers. These properties will only be allocated to applicants who meet Aberdeen City Council's Key Worker criteria.

What is Mid-Market Rent?

Mid-Market Rent, or MMR, is a form of affordable housing. Tenants pay a lower rent than their area's market rent level, but more than local social housing tenants. Starting rents for new mid-market homes are often similar to the Local Housing Allowance. MMR is suitable for people on incomes that are not quite enough to afford home ownership, or that only wish to rent for a limited period of time.

What is a Key Worker?

Different sectors define Key Workers in different ways, according to the needs of the individual business or service. Ultimately, a Key Worker is defined as an employee who provides an essential service. Key Workers tend to work for public sector organisations.

Available homes

There are currently two proposed developments where Sanctuary Scotland will be providing Mid-Market Rent properties:

Anderston, Glasgow:

  • 119 two-bedroom flats

Craiginches, Aberdeen (key worker properties):

  • 18 houses
  • 106 flats
  • A range of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom properties

Who is eligible?

There are certain eligibility criteria that you must meet in order to apply for Mid Market Rent properties, which are listed below:

Glasgow eligibility criteria
  • Applicants must be employed or have a formal offer of employment in the area where the MMR scheme is located. This is defined as 'commutable from home to work'
  • Applicants are be aged 16 years and above
  • Applicants must have a gross annual income within the minimum and maximum threshold: £17,000 - £40,000
Aberdeen eligibility criteria
  • Applicants must be employed or have a formal offer of employment in the area where the MMR scheme is located. This is defined as 'commutable from home to work'
  • Applicants' vocation must be defined as 'key worker' (see definition above)
  • Applicants are aged 16 years and above
  • Applicants must have a gross annual income within the minimum and maximum threshold: £19,000 - £43,200

When can I apply?

Further information will be available very soon - watch this space!

To formally register your interest, complete the Register your interest webform.

A Sanctuary Scotland employee standing outside of one of our homes

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.

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.

With NSSE:

  • 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: