The value of rents paid by Scottish tenants rose 1.3% in the 12 months to August, the Office for National Statistics said. It was the same level as in Wales but in England - not including the capital city - the increase was just 0.8%. London, by comparison, reported a rent rise of 1.9%.
The figures showed that rents have increased in every region covered by the study over the past year, although all of these rises were below Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation, which grew by 2.7% in the year to August.
David Newnes, director of LSL Property Services, which reported last week that monthly rents averaged £743 in August - £1 off an all-time high - said: "Rents are rising at around half the rate of wider CPI inflation, which is a laudable achievement for the private rented sector."