The Housing and General Court Department tackles the unmet legal needs of clients in Glasgow and the surrounding area, including Inverclyde, with a particular emphasis on defended eviction and landlord and tenant cases, defended mortgage repossession, preventing homelessness and general social welfare law. It provides advice and representation in all relevant courts and tribunals.

Access to services is through:

  • Drop-ins and appointments at Fleming House, Glasgow
  • Drop-ins, appointments and free telephone advice at LSA’s Inverclyde Housing Rights Project (in Greenock)

People experiencing any form of disadvantage are very vulnerable to a series of other issues.  For example, bereavement, unemployment, serious illness or even the birth of twins can have knock-on effects to major crises such as debt, rent or mortgage arrears and threatened eviction through the courts. We provide expert, intensive advice and representation, if need be, in an emergency, to prevent, or mitigate, any of these crises, and prevent others occurring.

If homelessness occurs, we provide advice and representation to help obtain appropriate accommodation, if need be, up to and including the higher courts.

We work closely with other partner organisations to ensure that clients obtain related advice, including, for instance, money advice and benefits. We provide services to all who may have need of them, including people with disabilities, whether mental or physical, in an institution, whether hospital, residential establishment or prison, or who are housebound. Translating and interpreting services are available.

We represents clients in the following areas of law:

  • Defended eviction on any grounds by Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) or private sector
  • Housing law: whether in public or private sector
  • Defended mortgage repossession (including shared ownership)
  • Homelessness, whether threatened or actual
  • Human Rights, Judicial Review and Scots Public Law
  • Mortgage arrears
  • Social welfare law, including community care
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation
  • Disputed debt