Rent guidance 2020 to 2021

Find out if your rent is affordable based on the Scottish and UK government guidance.

While there is no set definition, both Scottish and UK governments have given guidance that rent should be no more than between 25% to 35% of a households total income to be deemed affordable.

Each of the property sizes in the table below have been assessed against this guidance to help you when selecting a choice. The tables below also show the income used for housing for households on the minimum wage, living wage and in receipt of benefits.

Affordability based on a 3.4% increase to rent

Property size2020 to 2021
 Minimum wage < 25 years of ageMinimum wage > 25 years of ageLiving wageSingle person on Universal Credit

Couple on Universal Credit

Bedsit25%24%21%27%n/a
1 bedroom single occupant27%25%23%28%n/a
1 bedroom couple18%17%15%28%18%
2 bedroom couple30%28%26%n/a21%
2 bedroom family20%19%17%n/a21%
3 bedroom couple23%21%19%n/a23%
3 bedroom family17%16%15%n/a23%
4 bedroom couple23%21%20%n/a24%
4 bedroom family17%16%15%n/a24%


Affordability based on a 3.9% increase to rent

Property size2020 to 2021
 Minimum wage < 25 years of ageMinimum wage > 25 years of ageLiving wageSingle person on Universal Credit

Couple on Universal Credit

Bedsit25%24%21%27%n/a
1 bedroom single occupant27%25%23%28%n/a
1 bedroom couple18%17%15%28%18%
2 bedroom couple30%28%26%n/a21%
2 bedroom family20%19%17%n/a21%
3 bedroom couple23%21%19%n/a23%
3 bedroom family17%16%15%n/a23%
4 bedroom couple23%22%20%n/a24%
4 bedroom family17%16%15%n/a24%


Affordability based on a 4.4% increase to rent

Property size2020 to 2021
 Minimum wage < 25 years of ageMinimum wage > 25 years of ageLiving wageSingle person on Universal Credit

Couple on Universal Credit

Bedsit25%24%22%27%n/a
1 bedroom single occupant27%25%23%29%n/a
1 bedroom couple18%17%15%29%18%
2 bedroom couple31%29%26%n/a21%
2 bedroom family20%19%17%n/a21%
3 bedroom couple23%21%20%n/a23%
3 bedroom family17%16%15%n/a23%
4 bedroom couple23%22%20%n/a24%
4 bedroom family17%16%15%n/a24%


Affordability based on a 4.9% increase to rent

Property size2020 to 2021
 Minimum wage < 25 years of ageMinimum wage > 25 years of ageLiving wageSingle person on Universal Credit

Couple on Universal Credit

Bedsit25%24%22%27%n/a
1 bedroom single occupant27%25%23%29%n/a
1 bedroom couple18%17%15%29%18%
2 bedroom couple31%29%26%n/a21%
2 bedroom family20%19%17%n/a21%
3 bedroom couple23%22%20%n/a23%
3 bedroom family17%16%15%n/a23%
4 bedroom couple23%22%20%n/a24%
4 bedroom family17%16%15%n/a24%

 

Last modified on 17th June 2020

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