Scottish landlord register: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

  1. How many private residential landlords there were registered on the landlord registration database each year from 2013 to the present
  2. How many private residential properties there were registered on the landlord registration database for each year from 2013 to the present
  3. How the properties were distributed by landlord. That is, numbers of landlords with 1 property, numbers with 2 properties, and so on.
  4. Breakdowns of this information by local authority.


I enclose a copy of all of the information you requested.

The Landlord Registration System is an administrative system used to deliver on Scottish Ministers’ obligations to register landlords and rental properties in Scotland. It was not designed to produce robust statistical data.

Please note that the difference between the numbers of total landlords and the sum of owning 1, 2, 3+ properties are those landlords with no rental property. These can be landlord agents or Power of Attorney persons that have no rental properties but need to be on the register and be fit and proper.

Please also note that data on Property Counts prior to 2020 are estimates.

About FOI

The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at

FOI 202300373592 - Information Released - Data


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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