Finding a place to live in Scotland

Whether you’re bound for the city or off to the calm of the countryside, choosing where you’ll live is an important decision. Fortunately, there’s ample advice about renting or buying a property in Scotland.

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Renting in Scotland

Estate and letting agents can help you in your search for the perfect place to rent. They can show you available flats and houses, and provide advice and guidance to you throughout the rental process.

Costs

Costs vary depending on the size, type and location of the property you rent. For example, a room in a shared flat or a boarding house will cost less than if you rent a flat or house on your own. You can compare rental prices for areas in Scotland via your Local Authority’s website and on rental sites.

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Buying a property in Scotland

Scotland’s properties are as diverse as its scenery. City flats, family homes, cottages in the country and more are all available. In recent times house prices have dropped in Scotland, making it a buyer’s market.

While most properties are sold through estate agents or solicitors (lawyers), you can also buy privately from the owner – though you will still need a solicitor to do the legal work.

Council tax

If you’re 18 or over and own or rent a home in Scotland or the rest of the UK, you will usually be required to pay council tax. There are some exemptions – such as students – and discounts for people who live on their own. Council tax helps pay for local services like collecting rubbish and recycling, education and road maintenance.

Your council tax is a fixed rate based on the category or ‘band’ associated with the value of the property you rent or own.