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buying property in Scotland.

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Hi, I've got a question in regards ***** ***** property in Scotland. I'm a Singaporean and my partner is Scottish, are we allowed to purchase a property together in Scotland despite not being married? In the event should something happen to my partner (he has 3 children from a previous marriage), will I be affected in anyway?
And by buying a property in Scotland will that guarantee my residence?
Are there any other implications I need to know about esp base on the fact we are not married?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  JGM replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for your question.

You can buy a property in Scotland whether you are married or not. To protct your position the title should be taken jointly and to the survivor. That means that if anything happens to either of you that share of the title will automatically transfer to the other.

Ownership of property and the right to remain on the UK are two different things so, no, ownership of property won't guarantee your residence. That will be governed by the immigration laws and the basis on which you apply to remain in the Uk.

I hope this helps.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Should get married eventually down the road, would it affect the purchase of the property at all?

Are we still liable to the property tax regardless of my citizenship status or would that mean that we will be paying the same as a local?

Expert:  JGM replied 3 years ago.
No whether you are married or not or intend to get married won't affect a joint purchase.

If you occupy the property you are both responsible for council tax.