Mid market rent

Mid market rent homes

Mid market rent are homes for rent to households on low to middle incomes. Rent for mid market homes are generally set lower than private rent but higher than the Council or housing association rent. 

Download mid market rent fact sheet (PDF 23.28KB)

Eligibility criteria for a mid market rent home

Mid market rent is generally for working people / households who don't qualify or are not a priority for social rented accommodation but cannot afford to buy their own property or rent on the open market. Each landlord will have their own eligibility criteria and they can be contacted direct through

Core eligibility criteria is based upon income and this is set by the City of Edinburgh Council. Applicants must meet the definition of a priority client.

Priority clients

Priority clients for affordable housing tenures in Edinburgh are people in housing need who cannot afford to access accommodation through the regular functioning of the housing market, whether for rental or home ownership. ‘Housing need’ refers to households lacking their own housing or living in housing which is inadequate or unsuitable, who earn less than the average household income and are unlikely to be able to meet their needs in the housing market without some assistance.

The average household income in Edinburgh in 2019 is £45,443. This is based upon CACI(UK) data and will be updated in August each year.  

Changes to Council mid market rent homes

The Council has formed a new partnership to deliver mid market rent homes in Edinburgh. The new partnership is called Edinburgh Living. Edinburgh Living will provide over 700 new mid market rent homes available to rent over the next four years. 

That means the Council will no longer maintain a list of households interested in mid market rent. All available Edinburgh Living mid market rent homes will be advertised on rightmove. 

If you are interested in renting a mid market rent home, you can create an account on rightmove to receive property alerts. Alternatively you can check the website on a regular basis.

Lowther Homes will let and manage Edinburgh Living mid market rent homes.

Other landlords who have mid market rent homes

The following are some of the landlords currently letting mid market rent homes, these landlords can be contacted directly for more information.

  • Lar Housing Trust
  • Link2Let                                                               
  • Lowther Homes                                             
  • Manor Estates Associates Ltd                      
  • Muirhouse Homes                                           
  • Northern Housing                                           
  • Persevere Developments                           
  • Touchstone                                                      

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