Looking to find the best new flats to rent in Scotland? HomeViews collects reviews and ratings from thousands of carefully verified residents across the UK. Here we reveal the top-rated apartments in Scotland, according to the people who are living in them now.
What’s the rental market like in Scotland?
The rental-only trend that’s been revolutionising the UK rental landscape has only just started to take effect in Scotland. While London is home to more than 33,000 Build to Rent properties, Scotland currently only has just over 1,000.
Build to Rent is set to grow significantly across Scotland in the coming years. As of Q3 2022, 3,381 rental-only units were under construction, while a further 10,643 were in the planning phase.
The private rental market in Scotland varies greatly according to area, but you can find some bargains. While the median rent per calendar month for a property in Edinburgh tops £1,500, you can rent in Glasgow for an average of just £950 PCM. Further north, Aberdeen’s average rental cost is just £697 PCM.
The best flats to rent in Scotland – according to residents
The rental developments below were recognised at the annual HomeViews’ BTR Resident Choice Awards. HomeViews awards the titles based on verified resident reviews collected on the platform between October 2021 and October 2022. To be eligible for the awards, developments needed at least 10 verified resident reviews during this period.
These two developments of flats to rent in Scotland provide an indication of what’s to come in the future for Scotland’s rental market. HomeViews’ verified resident reviews contain details on all aspects of the lived rental experience, from design and facilities, to the management team, services, location and value for money.
The best rental flats in Scotland, according to verified reviews on HomeViews, are at The Point by Dandara Living. Garnering almost perfect scores across the board, this rental development sits in the Schoolhill area of the city. It consists of 342 apartments for rent, with residents benefitting from a private gym, cinema, break-out area, library and a coffee shop. As well as this, the development is just five-minutes away from Aberdeen city centre.
The second-best rated rental development in Scotland is The McEwan, another near-flawlessly reviewed building, this time in the heart of Fountainbridge, just a few minutes from Edinburgh city centre and Haymarket train station. There are 476 state-of-the-art rental homes, with residents enjoying access to a wide range of amenity spaces including a gym, studio, cinema room, a co-working space, shared lounges and public spaces. On site, there are also two private dining rooms with panoramic views over the city and Edinburgh Castle. In addition, The McEwan has 24-hour concierge and maintenance services and the development is also pet-friendly.
What is Build to Rent?
Build to Rent developments are purpose-built for renting, rather than for sales. Developments tend to be new apartment blocks or refurbished older sites, and offer a different experience to the traditional private rental sector.
Because Build to Rent properties often include several features that traditional housing and apartments don’t provide. These can include communal working, dining and social areas and membership to on-site gyms and health clubs. Rental agreements regularly include Wi-Fi and utility bills. Some properties even have concierge services or on-site management teams.
Build to Rent is sometimes more expensive than traditional renting, but developments offer more flexibility and perks. Rental developments can offer long tenancies of three years or more, while others specialise in short-term tenancies.
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