Housing statistics

Statistics that include affordable housing, new housing supply, rents in the private sector, local authority housing, and social housing.

Quarterly housing update

A summary of activity in new build housing and affordable housing in Scotland.

The most recent Housing Statistics Quarterly Update was published on 28th March 2023.

The Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly Update published in March 2023 includes an update on Affordable Housing Supply approvals, starts and completions up to December 2022, all-sector new house building starts and completions to end September 2022, and more recent figures on social sector new builds to end December 2022.  The publication presents annual rates of new housebuilding and affordable housing supply per head of population, including comparisons to other UK countries. In addition, this latest publication also presents the latest annual figures on the number of long term empty properties and second homes as at December 2022.

The previous quarterly publications were published on January 20234 October 202214 June 2022 and 29 March 2022, with earlier publications additionally listed below.

Housing Statistics Annual Key Trends

Statistics on housing stock, new housing supply, local authority stock, and housing management. 

The most recent Annual Housing Statistics for Scotland Key Trends Summary for 2020 and 2021 was published on 10 May 2022.

This compendium publication provides a summary of housing statistics up to the financial year 2020-21. It brings together newly collected annual figures from local authorities on council housing stock and housing management, previously published figures on new housebuilding and affordable housing supply, and figures from other sources including the Scottish Housing Regulator.

This release incorporates figures covering the latest two years of annual figures since the previous 2019 key trends publication, with the two publications since then having been delayed due to the impacts of COVID-19 on data provision and staff resourcing.

Private Sector Rent statistics

Information on Private Sector Rents across 18 Broad Rental Market areas in Scotland.

Note that these statistics are largely based on advertised rents and do not represent changes in rents for existing tenants.

The most recent Private Sector Rent Statistics, Scotland, 2010 to 2022 was published on 29 November 2022.

Previous publications are listed below.

Social Tenants in Scotland

Overview of social tenants and social rented housing in Scotland including stock, household characteristics, housing Social tenants in Scotland flows, rents and income levels.

Scottish Household Survey - Local Authority Summary Report

A short analysis of key points of interest from the Scottish Household Survey 2018 local authority level tables on housing.

Housing statistics across the UK

Information on housing statistics developments across the UK is available on the Government Analysis Function Housing, homelessness and planning statistics webpages.

Private rented sector statistics user event June 2019

The Private rented sector statistics user event brought together users of PRS statisics, and took place in Edinburgh on 25 June 2019.

Materials used on the day, including the agenda, speaker photos and biographies, summary notes and presentation slides for each session can be found by clicking on the link below.

Private rented sector statistics: user event 25 June 2019 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

Short-term lets

We are putting in place a new record-level data collection from Scottish local authorities on Short Term Lets Licensing Data, to monitor the number of Short Term Lets and to track the number and outcome of all applications. A Data Specification for the collection of data through the Scottish Government ProcXed system has been developed with input from local authorities through working group meetings, with the aim to collect the first set of quarterly data in early 2023, following the local authority licensing schemes being ready to receive applications by 1 October 2022, although existing hosts and operators will have until 1 October 2023 to apply for a licence.


Email: housingstatistics@gov.scot

Telephone: 0131 244 7229 or 0131 244 7230


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