Homelessness assessments

If you are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, contact Midlothian Council's Homelessness Unit:

Buccleuch House (Please note the building will be closed to the public from Thursday 26 March until further notice)
1 White Hart Street
EH22 1AE


  • call 0131 271 3397
  • call our out of hours team on 0131 663 7211 if outwith normal office hours
  • email [email protected]

If you present yourself as homeless, we will assess your situation. If you:

  • have nowhere to stay, you will be given emergency accommodation at once and a homeless interview the same day, or the next working day if it is after office hours.
  • are homeless but have somewhere to stay temporarily, you will be offered a homeless interview within three working days.

Legislation says that you are homeless if you:

  • have no accommodation that you are legally entitled to occupy
  • cannot reasonably live in your accommodation
  • cannot gain entry to your accommodation
  • face violence/harassment
  • don't have permission to stay there, or family or friends you have been staying with have asked you to leave
  • live in a place like a houseboat or caravan, and there is nowhere for you to place it and live in it
  • are going to lose your accommodation within 2 months.

Our Housing Officers decide whether you are homeless by legal definition. We will ask:

  • Are you homeless, or about to become homeless?
  • Are you intentionally homeless?
  • Do you have a local connection within Midlothian?

Your homelessness/advice officer will tell you about the assessment process. A decision will be made within 28 days and you will be informed in writing.

For more information on homelessness in Scotland, see the Shelter Scotland website.