Scottish Housing Law URBAN5027

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course allows students to appreciate the structure of Scots law and to identify its main sources. It will distinguish between the different property classifications and identify different types of lease and occupancy rights.


The course is taught in Year 1 for Part-time housing students. Unusually it is delivered over 3 days in a 3 day blocks in Semester 2.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements:


Excluded Courses






One written assignment of 2,500 words

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to enable students to acquire a thorough knowledge of Scots housing law, to develop a critical understanding of it, and to encourage the development of transferable skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

■ appreciate the structure of Scots law; identify the main sources of Scots law and distinguish between the different property classifications.

■ identify different types of lease and discuss spouses' occupancy rights.

■ outline the main features of and key differences between Scottish secure tenancies, assured tenancies, and common law tenancies.

■ understand and apply the homelessness legislation to assess the problems facing homeless people.

■ discuss the landlords' main repairing responsibilities and tenants' rights to require repairs.

■ establish the legal position in relation to a range of housing issues and problems.

■ analyse and solve complex legal problems in housing law.

■ produce an accurate written assignment involving analysis and solution of complex legal problems in housing law; 

■ research a housing law problem using appropriate legal sources and advise accordingly; and

■ effectively present verbal arguments.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.


Minimum requirement for award of credit for students on MSc in City Planning and MSc Real Estate is D3 or above.


University standard regulations apply to students on other qualifications although attendance is a requirement for students on PG Dip/MSc Housing Studies.