The Number of Rental Properties Available in Scotland Continues to Fall

Author: Alison Gourley
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A new survey of the residential property market has revealed that the number of rental properties in Scotland has fallen even further over the last three months. Coupled with this decrease in supply is an increase in demand which is expected to lead to a sharp rise in costs for tenants.

The survey was carried out by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Scotland (RICS) and discovered a continued trend of fewer new properties in the letting sector being put on the market between May- July 2018. Participants in the survey reported a fall in new landlord instructions, making this the tenth consecutive quarter this has happened.

In contrast, the demand for rental property continues to remain strong. Given the imbalance, it is anticipated that rents will rise by just under 2% across the UK within the next year. In Scotland rents are expected to rise within the next three months.

Chief Economist at RICS, Simon Rubinsohn said:

“The impact of recent and ongoing tax changes is clearly having a material impact on the buy to let sector as intended.”

“The risk, as we have highlighted previously, is that a reduced pipeline of supply will gradually feed through into higher rents in the absence of either a significant uplift in the build to rent programme or government-funded social housing.”

“At the present time there is little evidence that either is likely to make up the shortfall.”

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About Alison Gourley

Alison graduated from Edinburgh University School of Law in 1991. She joined Mitchells Roberton in 1996 and became an Associate thereafter. Alison specialises in both commercial and residential conveyancing, advising individuals, large and small businesses, banks, charities and further education institutions on all property transactions. Having 20 years experience in property law Alison has developed excellent relationships with surveyors, independent financial advisers and banks so is ready to act swiftly and effectively to meet her clients’ needs in an ever changing property market. She enjoys getting to know her clients and is committed to giving them an efficient service and is always friendly and approachable. She is also involved with the marketing aspects of the firm. Alison is a residential conveyancing tutor in the paralegal course offered by Central Law Training through the University of Strathclyde. Alison is married to a photographer and has one child. In her free moments she likes to keep fit. She is a talented amateur artist and loves nature and the great outdoors. Email:

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