Do you remember those TV adverts from years ago for train services between Edinburgh and Glasgow? They featured someone on each side of the country extoling a virtue of their hometown, with the back and forth between the two building up in speed and volume...

"Salt 'n' Vinegar"

"Salt 'n' Sauce"

"Salt 'n' Vinegar!"

"Salt 'n' Sauce!"



...and so on. Other variations saw Evening Times and Evening News sellers try to out-shout each other, and ladies of Kelvinside and Morningside cheerleading for their respective neighbourhoods.

The relationship between Scotland's capital and its biggest city is one of the world's great friendly rivalries and this rivalry recently spilled onto the salmon-tinted pages of the Financial Times. Under a straight to the point headline of "Edinburgh versus Glasgow", the London-based newspaper provided a round-up of contrasting statistics between the cities. These included infographics on subjects including population, crime and education.

The article was published around the same time that we were gathering the results of our Tenant Research Survey and caught our eye - we thought it would be interesting to compare some of the statistics in the article with those in our survey.

The FT article stated "Edinburgh residents are more likely to own their homes". Drawing from government statistics, this was based on the percentage of households in Edinburgh and Glasgow that are found in each of the three tenure type groups - owned, social housing and private rental. The statistics show that Edinburgh has a higher percentage of both home owners and private rented sector tenants than Glasgow does, whereas Glasgow has a higher percentage of households in social housing than its east coast counterpart.

With these statistics in mind we looked at our survey question "Do you aim to own a property?". Interestingly a higher percentage of respondents from G postcodes (50.67%) answered "Yes" than did from EH postcodes (44.78%). The percentage of those answering "No" was also higher in the Glasgow area (33.33%) than in Edinburgh (26.86%) but the biggest gulf appeared to be in the choice of "Don't Know" - only 16% of G postcode residents surveyed weren't sure, compared to 28.36% in EH postcodes, suggesting that whether they buy or continue to rent Clydesiders are more certain about their future plans.

As a tenancy deposit scheme serving the private rented sector, house prices were not something that factored in our research but nonetheless we thought we would look at the house price statistics in the FT article alongside the figures for rent provided in our survey. With the average price for a detached house (six-month rolling average) in Edinburgh coming in at over &pound500,000 compared to Glasgow's &pound300,000, the Financial Times is safe to say "House prices are higher in Scotland's capital than in its largest city".

So is this higher property cost echoed by higher rents in Edinburgh? It will probably come as no surprise to those living and working in the PRS in Edinburgh that the answer is yes. Responses to our own survey presented average monthly rents of &pound750 for the capital and &pound597 for Glasgow. Those figures come from a relatively small cross section of the market, but the more comprehensive statistics used by Citylets in their most recent quarterly report also paint a picture of an east/west disparity in rents. That report has Edinburgh's average monthly rent at &pound1,115 and Glasgow's at &pound771. These figures more closely reflect the average deposit we protect in each city - &pound939 for EH postcodes and &pound732 for G postcodes at the end of March this year.

One of the other questions on our survey was "Why do you rent?". This is another interesting one to compare with the article in the newspaper. Based on Gross value added figures per person with a gap of around &pound6,000 between the two cities, the FT article proclaims "Edinburgh is a richer city". This may be the case, but EH respondents were nonetheless united with their G compatriots in providing a clear majority answer to the question of why they rent - they cannot afford to buy. An example - at least as far as our respondents were concerned - of there being some things that Edinburghers and Glaswegians have in common.