Annex A - Trends in the Size of the Private Rented Sector in Scotland
The private rented sector in Scotland has more than doubled in size since 1999, and now accounts for more than a seventh of all homes in Scotland. However, whilst private rented stock increased has substantially in size in the period between 2002 and 2016, the number of homes has since dropped slightly between 2016 and 2018.
Chart A1 below shows the estimated numbers of dwellings in Scotland by tenure since 1981. The number of private rented properties (including those living rent-free) increased from an estimated 171,000 in 2002 to 394,000 in 2016, before dropping slightly to 371,000 in 2018.
Chart A1 Number of Dwellings by Tenure, Scotland, 1981 to 2018