The housing and homelessness charity

Shelter Scotland / England



There are growing signs of affordable housing shortages in the Renfrewshire area.

  • In Renfrewshire there were 20,505 social rented sector homes in 2012-2013.
  • Right to Buy resulted in the loss of 3,137 affordable homes between 2002-2003 and 2013-2014.
  • There were 179 households living in temporary accommodation in March 2014, including 31 children.
  • There were 736 households assessed as homeless in 2013-2014, a reduction from 841 in 2012-2013.
  • The number of households on the council waiting list was 4,599 in March 2014, but only 1,155 new lets were available in 2013-2014. This means that it would take 4 years to clear the current waiting list.
  • The total number of households on the main council housing list, which includes the transfer list, was 6,161 in March 2014.
  • 55,000 properties in Renfrewshire currently fail the Scottish Housing Quality Standard.
  • 11% of households are in the private rented sector, compared to the Scottish average of 13%.

Renfrewshire needs more affordable homes.


Data sources

Operation of the Homeless Persons legislation in Scotland: 2013-14, June 2014, Scottish Government

Housing Statistics for Scotland 2014: Key trends summary, August 2014, Scottish Government.

Annual Performance and Statistical Return: 2012-13, Scottish Housing Regulator.

Scottish House Condition Survey Local Authority Analysis 2010 - 2012, Scottish Government.