Publication - Statistics

Private sector rent statistics: 2010 - 2018

Published: 27 Nov 2018
Directorate:
Housing and Social Justice Directorate
Part of:
Housing, Statistics
ISBN:
9781787813991

This publication presents statistics on private sector rent levels in Scotland over the years 2010 to 2018.

60 page PDF

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60 page PDF

3.8 MB

Contents
Private sector rent statistics: 2010 - 2018
Main Findings for 3 Bedroom Properties

60 page PDF

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Main Findings for 3 Bedroom Properties

Between 2017 and 2018, 17 out of 18 areas saw increases in average rents. These ranged from 0.4% in Fife to 17.6% in Lothian. Perth and Kinross saw a decrease of 4.1%. See Chart 6 and Table 3 below.

These regional trends combine to show an increase of 8.7% in average rents from £787 in 2017 to £855 in 2018 for 3 bedroom properties, at the Scotland level. This compares to an increase in the UK Consumer Price Index of 2.4% in the year to Sept-18.

Over the 8 year period from 2010 to 2018, Lothian has seen the greatest increase in private rents for 3 bedroom properties, with average monthly rents rising from £918 to £1345, a 46.6% increase (cumulative over 8 years). Average rents have increased in Greater Glasgow by 37.3% over the same time period.

For all other areas of Scotland, average rents for 3 bedroom properties have also increased. From 2010 to 2018, cumulative increases have ranged from 7.3% Renfrewshire/Inverclyde to 24.8% in East Dunbartonshire.

These regional trends combine to show a 26.0% cumulative increase from £679 in 2010 to £855 in 2018 for 3 bedroom properties at the Scotland level.

Figures on changes to rents for 3 bedroom properties over the period from 2010 to 2018 should be considered in the context of the cumulative increase in the UK Consumer Price Index of 18.7% from Sept-10 to Sept-18. Over the 8 year period, average rents for 3 bedroom properties have risen faster than the consumer price index in 7 areas, shown in Chart 6 below.

Chart 6: Cumulative % Change in Average (mean) Rents from 2010 to 2018 (years to end-Sept), by Broad Rental Market Area - 3-Bedroom Properties

Chart 6: Cumulative % Change in Average (mean) Rents from 2010 to 2018 (years to end-Sept), by Broad Rental Market Area - 3-Bedroom Properties

Table 3: 3 Bedroom Properties - Average (mean) Monthly Rents (£): Cumulative Changes 2010 to 2018, by Broad Rental Market Area

2010 2017 2018 2010 to 2018 change 2017 to 2018 change
Lothian 918 1,144 1,345 46.6% 17.6%
Greater Glasgow 728 965 1,000 37.3% 3.6%
Scotland 679 787 855 26.0% 8.7%
East Dunbartonshire 750 924 936 24.8% 1.4%
Forth Valley 643 752 783 21.9% 4.2%
West Lothian 616 709 736 19.4% 3.8%
Highland and Islands 595 692 710 19.3% 2.5%
Aberdeen and Shire 744 866 885 19.0% 2.2%
Dundee and Angus 633 717 746 17.9% 4.0%
Fife 563 657 659 17.1% 0.4%
Scottish Borders 515 566 591 14.8% 4.5%
Perth and Kinross 647 754 723 11.7% -4.1%
Argyll and Bute 638 652 706 10.8% 8.4%
South Lanarkshire 627 662 691 10.2% 4.4%
Dumfries and Galloway 500 526 546 9.3% 3.8%
Ayrshires 556 590 608 9.3% 3.1%
North Lanarkshire 549 555 593 8.0% 6.7%
West Dunbartonshire 591 604 634 7.3% 5.0%
Renfrewshire / Inverclyde 612 652 656 7.3% 0.8%

See Reference Tables (Tables 7 to 15) for a more detailed breakdown of quartile and average rents for each year.

For the year to end-September 2018, Lothian had the highest average monthly rents for 3 bedroom properties across Scotland (£1,345). Other areas with higher rents than the Scottish average for 3 bedroom properties (£855) were Greater Glasgow (£1,000), East Dunbartonshire (£936) and Aberdeen and Shire (£885). Areas with the lowest average rents included Dumfries and Galloway (£546), Scottish Borders (£591) and North Lanarkshire (£593). See Chart 7 below.

Chart 7: Average (mean) Monthly Rents 2018 (year to end-Sept), by Broad Rental Market Area - 3-Bedroom Properties

Chart 7: Average (mean) Monthly Rents 2018 (year to end-Sept), by Broad Rental Market Area - 3-Bedroom Properties


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