Scottish Housing Day poll provides revealing insight into Scots’ views on home aspirations versus reality

The majority of Scots are happy with their current housing situation, but more than one in ten are not, with young adults facing the biggest gap between their current situation and their ideal home.

According to a new opinion poll commissioned to coincide with Scottish Housing Day, 83% are happy with their current accommodation, whether owned, rented privately or from a social housing provider. However, 16 percent said they were “somewhat” or “very dissatisfied” with their accommodation.

The poll also found that three-quarters of Scots aspire to own their own home, with 18-24 year olds facing the biggest gap between where they are and where they would like to be.

Only 6% of this age group have identified as owner-occupiers, and only 29% plan to become owner-occupiers within the next five years. This compares to the aspirations of the 62 percent who would like to own their own home within that time frame.

Almost half – 46% – of 18 to 24 year olds expect to live in the private rental sector by 2022, the highest percentage of any age group responding to the survey.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, Scottish Housing Day aims to give the public easier access to the resources they need to make informed housing decisions .

It is led by a range of housing sector partners including the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) in Scotland, Shelter Scotland, the Tenant Participatory Advisory Service (TPAS) in Scotland, the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO ), the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), the Glasgow and West of Scotland Housing Associations Forum (GWSF), tenant networks, Homes for Scotland and the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL ).

Annie Mauger, executive director of CIH Scotland, said the survey results show that the sector needs to continue its efforts to provide more and better housing.

“As we celebrate Scottish Housing Day this year, it is important to reflect that, in general, the people of Scotland are better housed today than they have ever been,” she said declared.

“At the same time, this opinion poll also illustrates some of the challenges we face in matching the future housing aspirations of the general population with the realities of what is actually available. This is especially true for Scottish adults in the youngest age bracket. “

Conducted by Progressive Scottish Opinion in collaboration with YouGov, the survey interviewed 1,021 Scottish adults, 58% of whom were owner-occupiers.

Of the remainder, 14 percent lived in private rental housing, 17 percent in social rental housing, and 10 percent lived with relatives, family or friends, with or without rent.

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