Succession

Succession to a Scottish Secure Tenancy happens when the tenant dies, and a "qualifying person" inherits the tenancy. A Scottish Secure Tenancy can only be succeeded to twice, and a third death will normally end the tenancy.

If there is more than one "qualifying person", priority is as follows:


First Level

Priority goes to the surviving spouse or co-habitee (of either sex), providing they have lived in the house for at least 6 months before the tenant’s death or joint tenant.

Second Level

If no-one qualifies at the first level, or a qualifying person does not want the tenancy, then priority goes to other members of the tenant’s family, providing the property was their only/principal home at the time of the tenant’s death.

Third Level

If no-one qualifies at the first or second level, or a qualifying person does not want the tenancy, then priority goes to carers who lived with the tenant at the time of their death, and gave up secure accommodation to care for the tenant or a household member.


If the house is designed or adapted for a person with special needs, no one will qualify at level 2 or 3 unless they need the design features or adaptations. If a person would have qualified at level 2 or 3, we will make other suitable accommodation available.

Contact us or use the live help service if you need more information about this, or if you want to claim the right to succeed.

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