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Review of the Private Rented Sector: Volume 1: Key Findings and Policy Implications

DescriptionAn overview report summarising the key findings from the review of the private rented sector, including policy responses.
ISBN978 07559 74894
Official Print Publication DateMarch 2009
Website Publication DateMarch 24, 2009


ISBN 978 0 7559 7489 4 (Web only publication)
ISSN 0950 2254

This document is also available in pdf format (684k)


Ministerial Foreword

Executive Summary

1 Background to the Review
Introduction to the review
Aims and objectives of the review
Analytical work for the review
Structure of key findings report

2 Diversity in the Private Rented Sector: Landlords and Locations
The diverse nature of landlords and implications for policy
The geographic spread of the PRS in Scotland

3 Private Tenants: Characteristics and Experiences
The diverse nature of tenants and implications for policy
Low income households
Ethnic and religious minority groups
Migrant workers
Young Professionals

4 The Ability of the Private Rented Sector to Provide Appropriate and Well-Managed Accommodation
Satisfaction of tenants and landlords with home and management service
Property condition, disrepair, adaptations and energy efficiency
Tenancy regime

5 Supporting the Professionalism and Reputation of the Sector
Tenancy Deposits
Rights and Responsibilities
Advice and Training
Local authorities have an increasingly important role to play in supporting the PRS

6 Homeless Households and the Private Rented Sector
Levels of homelessness and the existing role of the PRS
Maximising the potential of the private rented sector

7 The Affordability and Supply of Private Rented Housing
Affordability and the impacts of the credit crunch
The future supply of private rented housing
Empty properties


The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Government Social Research website only