0131 550 1561 office@veteransscotland.org.uk


Finding somewhere to live when we leave the Services is usually our highest priority.  Most of us find a home to buy or rent, but for some of us, disability or other problems can make the process difficult.  This section is aimed principally at such Veterans and provides access to organisations that aim to make a difficult process easier.

Veteran housing

When you leave the armed forces, the options for where you and your family can live include:

  • renting a property
  • buying a property
  • housing support
  • veteran housing charities
  • support if you are in danger of being or have been made homeless

Information about housing is available in the Scottish housing guide for people leaving the armed forces and ex-service personnel.

You can find general advice on leaving the armed forces in the GOV.UK Service Leavers Pack.

A housing guide for people leaving the armed forces and ex-service personnel

Deciding where to live is one of the most important choices you and your family will need to make on leaving the armed forces. It is never too early to think about where you will set up home. Whether you are due to leave in a year, a couple of months or have already left, there is support out there to help you.

The information contained in the recently updated "A Scottish housing guide for people leaving the Armed Forces & ex-Service personnel"  sets out some of your housing options in Scotland and also looks at some of the questions you might have. It also gives you information about where you can go for further advice and support.  A copy of the guide is available via the link below.

A Scottish housing guide for people leaving the Armed Forces & ex-Service personnel

Additional advice on housing

Shelter Scotland can also provide additional information on a wide range of housing and homeless issues that you may have.  They can provide information on finding a place to live, Renting right as well as information on eviction and repossession of your house/home and how to stop it.  Follow the link below to find out more about your options:


In this section you will find leaflets from Housing Options Scotland about the home buying process, benefits and many other leaflets that you might find useful. At the bottom of this section you will also find useful leaflets from other organisations.  If you cannot find what you are looking for please contact us and we will be happy to advise you in any way we can.

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Scottish Housing Regulator

The Scottish Housing Regulator collect a range of financial and performance information about each landlord and the sector as a whole. We use this to monitor and assess landlord performance against the Scottish Social Housing Charter and to decide the level of engagement we need to have with each landlord.

Housing Options Scotland

Tel: 0131 510 1567 Email: info@housingoptionsscotland.org.uk

Military Matters is a specialist project within Housing Options Scotland providing an independent housing advice service to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.  We offer clients a tailored individual service to review and consider their housing options whether they are already resident in Scotland or are considering living in Scotland in the future.


Thanks to financial support from the Scottish Government and Poppyscotland we have now provided detailed housing information and advice to dozens of serving personnel and veterans. The advice is free and we are already working alongside organisations such as SSAFA and the Armed Services Advice Programme (ASAP) in providing support to those who require it.  Our website explains how to access our services.


MOD Joint Service Housing Advice Office

Tel: 01252 787574 Email: RC-AWS-JSHAO-0mailbox@mod.gov.uk

Floor 2, Zone 2 , Montgomery House, Queens Avenue, Aldershot GU11 2JN

Provide civilian housing information to Service personnel and their dependants wishing to move to civilian accommodation at any time in their career, and for those during resettlement to assist with the transition to civilian life. They also assist in signposting or placement of, where possible, ex-Service personnel still occupying Service Accommodation who may need social housing.


Royal Air Force Association (Moffat)

Patrick Rendall – Welfare Manager
Tel: 01683 221173 Email: patrick.rendall@rafa.org.uk

Dowding House , Moffat DG10 9 AW

Dowding House is situated in Moffat in Scotland and has 26 flats. Any ex-RAF men or women, their widows and widowers who have reached normal retirement age may apply. Tenants must be able to live an independent life albeit within a secure environment.


Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Tel: 0131 225 6421

20 Queen Street , Edinburgh EH2 1JX

Since our foundation in 1919, we have been there, through thick and thin, supporting the RAF family. We are there for all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children.


Royal Hospital Chelsea

Sara Addelsee – In- Pensioner Admissions Officer
Tel: 02078 815244 Email: saraaddelsee@chelsea-pensioners.org.UK-wide

Royal Hospital Road , London SW3 4SR

There are few institutions in the United Kingdom with an unbroken three centuries of service and none of them is so close to the heart of the nation as “The Men in Scarlet”, the Chelsea Pensioners, and their home, the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Founded in 1682 by King Charles II, the Royal Hospital still serves its original purpose and intends to continue to further its role well into the 21st Century and will be here for today’s young soldiers on the front line when they retire.


Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Tel: 0141 332 8113 Fax: 0141 332 9684 Email: sfha@sfha.co.uk

Pegasus House , 375 West George Street, Glasgow G2 4LW

The SFHA is the national representative body for Scotland’s housing associations and co-operatives. Our affiliated members include, housing associations, registered housing associations and co-operatives throughout Scotland. You can search through them using the web address link below.


Scottish Veterans’ Residences

Tel: 0131 558 8808 Email: info@svronline.org

53 Canongate , Edinburgh EH8 8BS

SVR is Scotland’s oldest ex-service charity, founded in 1910 to support independent living for ex-service men and women of all ages and their spouses who find themselves in times of need. SVR provides unique and unrivalled accommodation as well as supporting independent living. We enable our residents to live in a safe, secure and supportive community environment.


Scottish War Blinded

Tel: 0800 045 6409 Email: enquiries@scottishwarblinded.org

50 Gillespie Crescent Edinburgh EH10 4JB , Edinburgh EH10 4JB

We give free support to ex-service men and women, no matter if they lost their sight during or after service.

Support can include:
Rehabilitation and training to adapt to sight loss
Grants for equipment to assist with independent living
Funded respite care
Home modifications
Sports, recreation and social activities.
The majority of veterans currently benefiting from our services have developed sight loss as a result of age related sight loss, such as macular degeneration.