Steady growth for Scottish rental market

Steady growth for Scottish rental market

Scotland’s rental market continues to experience strong growth according to the latest rental report from property lettings portal Citylets.

The average rent in Scotland stands at £664, a 2.6% rise on the first quarter of 2011.

Aberdeen continues to experience the most expensive rents with a three bed flat in the city peeking at an average of £1200. Average rents in the city saw a moderate rise of 0.7% as a whole. The time to let (TTL) figures for Aberdeen were the most promising with the average TTL falling from 30 days in quarter one of 2011 to 19 in quarter one of 2012. The Granite City’s one bed rents went up slightly to an average of £574, an increase of 1.1% on the same time last year whilst two bed rents saw a bigger increase of 1.5% to £864.

Edinburgh and Glasgow both experienced larger increases in average monthly rents.

Edinburgh experienced an overall 2.9% increase in the average monthly rent. Two bed properties are now averaging £720 per month which is a significant rise of 3.7% on the same period of last year, whilst TTL in the city deteriorated somewhat with two bed properties typically taking 39 days to let which is 7 days more than this time last year. Average rent for three bed properties in the capital have now risen to £1028 a 5.0 % increase on quarter one of last year.

Glasgow experienced a jump of 10.6% in three bed rents to bring the average rent to £832. Scotland’s largest city saw one bed rents rise to £463, a promising increase of 2.9% on the same period of last year. TTL figures in Glasgow also lengthened with one bed rents experiencing the biggest increase to 40 days from 34 which suggests there is plenty of choice for tenants.

Dundee is the most affordable city in Scotland with rents for two bed properties standing at £534, this figure is down by 6.6% on the same quarter of last year. This is due to the increased volume of properties that are being advertised in more affordable areas of Dundee so it is predicted that these figures will fluctuate less in future quarters.

Dan Cookson, senior analyst at Citylets, said: “It is welcome news that while the rental market is continuing to expand rapidly in Scotland that on the whole the market appears to be meeting demand which is why increases in rents at the national level tend to be relatively modest.

“This quarter’s figures are reassuringly steady which has continued to cement the confidence in the rental market. The key thing is that the market is steadily expanding at a time when the housing sales market is still in recovery mode.

“The issue of finding deposits for buying a property is continuing to come under the spotlight and it’s a limitation which can’t be avoided if individuals are looking to buy. It’s clear that many people setting up home for the first time are choosing to rent with the expectation that this will be for several years.

“The rental market is starting to show real signs of maturity. The recent Government announcement of the introduction of the Tenants Deposit Scheme, as well as the continued growth of the sector indicate that the market is evolving rapidly to cope with the increased demand.

“The recently announced consultation by the Scottish Government into the private rented sector as well as research commissioned by Glasgow city council have both drawn on statistics produced by Citylets.”