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 an eighth of all homes in Scotland.
Chart A1 below shows the numbers of dwellings in Scotland by tenure since 1981. The number of private rented properties (including those living rent-free) has increased over the last ten years from an estimated 215,000 in 2005 to 382,000 in 2015. During this time period, the number of owner occupied properties rose from 1.47 million in 2005 to 1.52 million in 2009, before falling back to 1.46 million in 2013 then rising slightly to 1.48 million in 2015.
CHART A1 - Number of Dwellings by Tenure, Scotland, 1981 to 2015