Housing Options Guide

The Guide to Housing Options covers the main types of housing solution that is potentially available in West Lothian.

The local privately rented sector is buoyant, particularly in the larger settlements around West Lothian, but there are opportunities in most of the smaller towns and villages.
The Open Market Shared Equity Scheme is currently open to all first time buyers in certain areas. See Section 3.1.10 for details of the registered social landlord who administers the scheme in West Lothian.
West Lothian has experienced a great deal of House Building in the recent past. West Lothian is a popular place to buy a home with most areas having easy access to a variety of amenities and equally good access to transport links.
The Scottish Government's National Mortgage to Rent Scheme may be able to help you if you are an owner occupier in mortgage difficulties and you are in danger of having your home repossessed.
The Council operates a Scheme of Assistance to people living in owner-occupied or privately rented housing by offering information and advice to help them meet the costs of having their homes repaired, improved or adapted.
Many people who rent their homes, and are on incomes which are significantly below average, are entitled to receive the largely Government funded Housing Benefit.
West Lothian Council currently manages around 13,000 homes, which are available to rent. If you are in need of housing, you can apply to be housed by the council by completing an application form.
There are around 200 housing associations and housing co-operatives in Scotland registered with the Scottish Housing Regulator, with several local and national housing providers offering a range of accommodation in the Council area. Their names, addresses and contacts etc. are listed at the end of this section.
Special needs housing is a general term covering housing built with particular tenant groups in mind. Usually it involves either specially built or adapted housing, for example housing for older or disabled people, or houses linked to some support facility for adults with learning difficulties. It can also refer to houses allocated to particular groups, for example older people.
Information and advice on what to do if you are homeless or facing the possibility of homelessness.