Mid market rent

Sanctuary Scotland is building mid market rent (MMR) properties in Glasgow and Aberdeen. The homes in Aberdeen are being built for the city's key workers. These properties will only be allocated to applicants who meet our key worker criteria.

Sanctuary Group employees at a building site development.

What is mid market rent?

MMR is a form of affordable housing. Tenants generally pay a lower rent than their area's market rent level, but more than local social housing tenants. Starting rents for new MMR homes are often similar to the Local Housing Allowance. MMR is suitable for people on incomes that are not quite enough to afford home ownership, or private sector rents.

The new homes offer high quality, secure and accessible living that is sustainable, energy efficient and easily maintained. Every double bedroom will be fitted with a full-sized wardrobe including hanging rail and shelving. Furnishings such as blinds, floor covering, cooker oven, washer, fridge-freezer and kitchen units will be installed in all properties. Some properties may also have a washer-dryer.

What is a key worker?

Different sectors define key workers in different ways, but would normally be someone working in a public sector organisation.

Available homes

There are currently three proposed developments where Sanctuary Scotland will be providing mid market rent properties:

Anderston development in Glasgow.

Anderston is a sought after city centre location with excellent transport links and within walking distance to Glasgow Central Station. It also benefits from a wide range of independent shops with many bars and restaurants on its doorstep.

The development is comprised of 119 two bedroom en-suite flats. The new homes offer high quality, secure and accessible living that is sustainable, energy efficient and easily maintained. The development also benefits from large areas of open amenity space to be enjoyed by residents.

It is anticipated that the first properties will be available to let at the end of October 2017.

Ellerslie Crescent development in Glasgow.

Ellerslie Road sits on the banks of the River Clyde and is well situated for local shopping in Yoker. The development enjoys excellent transport facilities including a bus and train service which gives access to the city centre and surrounding areas.

The development is comprised of 42 flats offering a range of one, two and three bedroom properties for mid market rent. Four of the flats provide wheelchair accessibility access.

It is anticipated that these properties will be available to let at the end of November 2017.

Craiginches development in Torry, Aberdeen.

The Craiginches site is based in Torry, a vibrant community and area of historical interest on the South Banks of the River Dee. It has many independent shops and amenities with excellent transport links to the city centre and suburbs.

The development is comprised of 106 flats and 18 houses for key workers, made up of a range of one, two and three bedroom properties. Applications for the Craiginches development are open with a timeline for the initial phases:

  • Phase 1 and 2 - released early September 2017 comprising of one, two and three bedroom properties including cottage flats, semi-detached, mid terrace and end terrace houses. Several of these houses will have private gardens and driveways. Communal parking is available for all flats.
  • Phase 3, 4, 5 and 6 - released end of October 2017 comprising of two and three bedroom flats.
  • Phase 7, 8 and 9 - released from the end of 2017 through to early 2018, with the majority of these properties being two bedroom flats.

Who is eligible?

There are certain eligibility criteria that you must meet in order to apply for MMR properties, which are listed below:

Glasgow eligibility criteria
  • Applicants must be employed or have a formal offer of employment in the area where the MMR scheme is located. This is defined as 'commutable from home to work'
  • Applicants are be aged 16 years and above
  • Applicants must have a gross annual income within the minimum and maximum threshold: £17,000 - £40,000
Aberdeen eligibility criteria
  • Applicants must be employed or have a formal offer of employment in the area where the MMR scheme is located. This is defined as 'commutable from home to work'
  • Applicants' vocation must be defined as 'key worker' (see definition above)
  • Applicants are aged 16 years and above
  • Applicants must have a gross annual income within the minimum and maximum threshold: £19,000 - £43,200

When can I apply?

Applications for Craiginches, Aberdeen are now being accepted. To request an application form please provide your details on the Register your interest webform.

The application process for Anderston and Yoker is not currently open. However, to formally register your interest, please complete the Register your interest webform.