The Data Observatory

The NRLA Data Observatory is a collection of official and other well-established data sources which when combined, provide a narrative of the Private Rented Sector (PRS).  The NRLA tracks approximately 45 key data sets which are updated monthly, quarterly and annually. A selection of these appear in these pages.

Our Deep Insight blog provides a regular extension of the analysis which appears here, as well as those datasets which are not published in the Data Observatory section of this website.

The blog pages also features blog posts from other organisations and academics to provide insight on the PRS. Here you can also find more in-depth summaries of our regular reports and surveys.

PRS households

Charts 1-4: Households in the PRS (Source: Family Resources Survey (FRS), 2020)

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

These charts show the recent patterns of household tenure across each of the four Home Nations in comparison to the United Kingdom as a whole.

  • The 1998/99 Family Resources Survey showed that the proportion of households in the PRS was 10% for Great Britain (no figure for Northern Ireland). 
  • In England the proportion of households in the PRS has grown from 11% in 1998/99 to 20% in 2019. In 2017 21% of all households were in the PRS.
  • In Wales growth has been from the same proportion (11%) to a a peak of 19% in 2015. In 2019 17% of households were in the PRS.
  • In Scotland, the proportion of households in the PRS has consistently been below the UK average. In 1998/99, the proportion of households in the PRS was just 7%. So whilst still low, the PRS in Scotland has risen significantly this century.
  • For each of the nations, the proportion of households in the PRS is now just below a peak level.

Note that each nation now collects its own data on housing volumes. This makes difficult to make long term comparisons across the Union.