Tenure of household

Mnemonic (reference code): TENHUK11

Type: Derived variable

Definition: Tenure provides information about whether a household rents or owns the accommodation that it occupies and, if rented, combines this with information about the type of landlord who owns or manages the accommodation.

Applicability: Household





Owned: Owned outright


Owned: Owned with a mortgage or loan


Shared ownership (part owned and part rented)


Social rented: Rented from council (local authority)


Social rented: Other social rented


Private rented: Private landlord or letting agency


Private rented: Employer of a household member


Private rented: Relative or friend of household member


Private rented: Other


Living rent free


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Total number of categories: 11

Not applicable category (X) comprises: Household spaces with no residents.

Source variables TENHUK11 is derived from:

LANDLORD (Primary variable)

SIZHUK11 (Derived variable)

TENURE (Primary variable)

TERMIND (Primary variable)

Known quality issues:

From the reported results, it appeared there was confusion when completing the Tenure question, as many believed they were renting from their council when they were actually renting from housing associations or private landlords following the transfer of housing stock in some council areas. This issue was particularly clear in six council areas – Glasgow City, Argyll & Bute, Eilean Siar, Inverclyde, Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway – where no council house stock was retained by the local authority, yet initial census counts showed many households recording their tenure type as rented from the council. In these council areas, the responses for ‘Rented: Council’ were changed to ‘Rented: other social’. Other council areas had partial housing stock transfers however, it was not possible to ascertain from the reported results those who answered the tenure question incorrectly. The numbers of incorrect answers in these council areas was believed to be much lower as only partial transfers had taken place, hence only the council areas seeing full stock transfers had their data amended. Further details on the analysis described above are provided in a separate paper published on the Scottish Government website. See: 2011 Census Housing Tenure Data: Quality Assurance

Scotland (2001) comparison:

In the statistical bulletin for release 2A, the 2001 Census data published in 2005 was used, which has a revised allocation of the “living rent free” category.


To see which of our published standard, additional and commissioned tables use this variable please use the Table Index.