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Evictions by social landlords in Scotland 2010-11

By: Shelter Scotland  Published: January 2012

This report looks at the progress that had been made on social sector evictions in the past year in Scotland. 


  • This report examines the number of evictions across Scotland from the socially-rented sector, looking at both local authorities and Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) for the period April 2010 – March 2011.
  • The vast majority of eviction actions are for rent arrears and are often a symptom of wider debt and money problems or housing benefit issues.
  • Across Scotland in 2010/11, evictions in the socially-rented sector as a whole are down by 17% on the previous year and by 49% since 2007-08. The fall since 2009-10 is slightly less than the reduction in evictions in the previous year, but is very significant, particularly in light of the current challenging financial circumstances.
  • Local authorities have seen a 16% reduction in evictions while RSLs have reduced the number by 19% compared to last year.  There has also been a reduction in the number of tenants taken to court and the number of decrees granted (down 8% and 19% respectively).