beta

You're viewing our new website - find out more

Publication - Statistics Publication

Private sector rent statistics in Scotland: 2010 to 2016

Published: 8 Nov 2016
Part of:
Housing, Statistics
ISBN:
9781786525864

Statistics on private sector rent levels in Scotland over the years 2010 to 2016.

90 page PDF

3.9MB

90 page PDF

3.9MB

Contents
Private sector rent statistics in Scotland: 2010 to 2016
Main Findings for 1 Bedroom Properties

90 page PDF

3.9MB

Main Findings for 1 Bedroom Properties

Over the past year, 16 out of 18 areas have seen increases in rent for 1 bedroom properties. West Lothian has seen the highest increase (5.5%) while Lothian has seen an increase of 5.3% between 2015 and 2016. Other areas that have seen increases range from 5.2% in Renfrewshire / Inverclyde to 0.5% in Dundee and Angus. Four areas saw a decrease, ranging from -0.5% in Scottish Borders to -15.2% in Aberdeen and Shire. See Chart 2 and Table 1 below.

Average rents for 1 bedroom properties have increased by 0.4% between 2015 and 2016, at the Scotland level.

Over the 6 year period from 2010 to 2016, Lothian has seen the highest increase in private rents for 1 bedroom properties, with average rents rising by 25.5% (cumulative increase over 6 years). Average rents in the Greater Glasgow area have risen by 19.0% between 2010 and 2016, whilst average rents in Highlands and Islands have increased by 11.0%.

For the remaining areas of Scotland, cumulative increases have ranged from 9.7% (West Lothian) to 0.5% (Scottish Borders). The two areas where average rents fell between 2010 and 2016 were South Lanarkshire (-0.4%) and the Ayrshires (-2.4%).

These regional trends combine to show a 10.5% cumulative increase for 1 bedroom properties from £436 in 2010 to £482 in 2016.

Figures on changes to rents for 1 bedroom properties over the period from 2010 to 2016 should be considered in the context of the cumulative increase in the UK Consumer Price Index of 12.6% from Sept-10 to Sept-16. For example over the 6 year period, average rents for 1 bedroom properties in the Lothian and Greater Glasgow areas have risen faster than the consumer price index, whilst changes in average rents for 1 bedroom properties in other areas of the country have been below the rise in the consumer price index.

CHART 2: Cumulative % Change in Average (mean) Rents from 2010 to 2016 (years to end-Sept), by Broad Rental Market Area - 1-Bedroom Properties
CHART 2:   Cumulative % Change in Average (mean) Rents from 2010 to 2016 (years to end-Sept), by Broad Rental Market Area - 1-Bedroom Properties 

TABLE 1: 1 Bedroom Properties - Average (mean) Monthly Rents (£): Cumulative Changes 2010 to 2016, by Broad Rental Market Area

  2010 2015 2016 2010 to 2016 change 2015 to 2016 change
Lothian 520 620 653 25.5% 5.3%
Greater Glasgow 437 501 520 19.0% 3.8%
Highland and Islands 415 450 461 11.0% 2.4%
Scotland 436 480 482 10.5% 0.4%
West Lothian 428 445 470 9.7% 5.5%
Dundee and Angus 351 381 383 9.2% 0.5%
Perth and Kinross 377 403 408 8.1% 1.4%
Argyll and Bute 382 398 412 7.9% 3.6%
Dumfries and Galloway 359 373 384 7.1% 2.9%
Aberdeen and Shire 529 667 566 7.0% -15.2%
East Dunbartonshire 450 461 479 6.5% 3.8%
Fife 379 395 403 6.3% 1.9%
Forth Valley 387 396 408 5.4% 2.8%
Renfrewshire / Inverclyde 374 372 392 4.6% 5.2%
North Lanarkshire 373 384 381 2.2% -0.6%
West Dunbartonshire 397 390 400 0.9% 2.6%
Scottish Borders 336 340 338 0.5% -0.5%
South Lanarkshire 382 384 381 -0.4% -0.9%
Ayrshires 375 363 366 -2.4% 0.9%

See Reference Tables (Tables 12 to 18) for a more detailed breakdown of quartile and average rents for each year.

For the year to end-September 2016, Lothian had the highest average monthly rents for 1 bedroom properties across Scotland (£653). Other areas with higher rents included Aberdeen and Shire (£556) and Greater Glasgow (£520). Areas with the lowest average rents for 1 bedroom properties included Ayrshires (£366) and Scottish Borders (£338). See Chart 3 and Table 2 below.

CHART 3: Average (mean) Monthly Rents 2016 (year to end-Sept), by Broad Rental Market Area - 1-Bedroom Properties
CHART 3: Average (mean) Monthly Rents 2016 (year to end-Sept), by Broad Rental Market Area - 1-Bedroom Properties

TABLE 2: Average (mean) monthly rents for 1 Bedroom Properties in 2016 (year to end-Sept)

1 Bedroom Properties £ monthly
Lothian 653
Aberdeen and Shire 566
Greater Glasgow 520
Scotland 482
East Dunbartonshire 479
West Lothian 470
Highland and Islands 461
Argyll and Bute 412
Perth and Kinross 408
Forth Valley 408
Fife 403
West Dunbartonshire 400
Renfrewshire / Inverclyde 392
Dumfries and Galloway 384
Dundee and Angus 383
North Lanarkshire 381
South Lanarkshire 381
Ayrshires 366
Scottish Borders 338

Contact