Scottish rental market more than doubles since 1999 while home ownership is flat

The proportion of people in private rented accommodation has more than doubled since the turn of the century, while the numbers of those owning has been broadly flat, the latest Scottish Housing Survey reveals.

Using council tax data, the report shows that 5% of housing tenure in Scotland was made up of rented accommodation in 1999 and 6% in 2000, compared with 15% in 2016 representing 370,000 households.

In comparison, home owners made up 61% in 1999, rising to 62% in 2000, and despite hitting 66% in 2005, the proportion is now at 61% again, or 1.49m households.

Social rent makes up the rest at 23% or 560,000 households.

The proportion of home owners in Scotland is broadly similar to the 62.9% figure for England, although that represents 14.5m households, while 19.9% or 4.5m are in rented accommodation and 3.9m are in the social rented sector.


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