Private renters increasingly squeezed into overcrowded properties, finds Scottish Labour

The number of overcrowded households in the private rented sector has more than doubled since 2012, according to new analysis from Scottish Labour.

A property is considered overcrowded if there are insufficient bedrooms to meet the occupants’ requirements.

The latest available figures from the Scottish Household Survey show there were 23,000 overcrowded properties in Scotland in 2016, compared with 10,000 in 2012 – a rise of 130%.

Overcrowded under bedroom standard (1000s)
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
10 14 14 16 23

Labour analysis shows that the number of households in the private rented sector that are overcrowded has more than doubled in the last five years

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