Scottish renters 'have doubled since 1991'

by Daniel Jones

There has been a drastic rise in the number of people in the private rented sector in Scotland in recent years, with the number of tenants doubling between 1991 and 2011.

New figures from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have shown that there has been a significant shift towards rented accommodation north of the border in recent years.

Another notable change has been how far more people are now using private landlords, with a reduction in the amount of tenants in council and housing association properties.

Decline in social housing

Back in 1991 some seven per cent of the country's households were privately rented, while this figure had risen to 14 per cent by 2011.

The decline in people renting social housing was initially put down to a rise in the number of Scots who had been able to buy their own property, but it has since been revealed that this trend has been overtaken by that of private renters.

Number in poverty doubledĀ 

While this is sure to be good news for private landlords, it's not necessarily positive for tenants, with the foundation explaining some problems that have been forthcoming.

Its report stated: "This has changed the nature of poverty in Scotland. The number of households in poverty in the private rented sector has doubled in the last decade to 120,000, while the number in social housing has almost halved to 190,000."

The proportion of social renters has fallen from 41 per cent in 1991 to 24 per cent three years' ago, further underlining the extent to which people are moving away from this area.

Average rent higher in private sector

It was found that the average rent charged by private sector landlords is 86 per cent higher than those set by social housing providers, according to figures from the New Policy Institute.ADNFCR-1645-ID-801715792-ADNFCR

Published on: April 28, 2014

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