The English Housing Survey is a continuous national survey commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). It collects information about people’s housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England.
It has 2 component surveys:
- a household interview
- a physical inspection of a sub sample of the properties
A detailed guide for survey users provides information about:
- the background to the survey and how the data are used
- the questionnaire and physical survey form
- technical survey methodology
- data quality
- how we engage with our wider user community
- the revisions policy
- the dissemination strategy
Households selected for the survey
Each year a sample of addresses is drawn at random from a list of private addresses held by the Royal Mail. Householders at those addresses are invited to take part in the survey and will receive an initial letter from our contractor NatCen Social Research.
Background information about the survey is available for households selected to take part in the survey.
50 years of the English Housing Survey
2017 is the 50th anniversary of the first national housing survey. To mark this anniversary we have published a comparison of the 1967 housing survey with the English Housing Survey in 2017.
If you would like further information about the English Housing Survey or wish to be added to the mailing list for our electronic newsletter please contact:
English Housing Survey project management
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
4th floor SW, Fry Building
2 Marsham Street
We are interested in understanding more about how our housing statistics and data are used and the decisions they inform. This is important for us so we can provide a high quality service which meets users’ needs.
Please contact us with feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
English Housing Survey datasets are made available via the UK Data Service for users who want to undertake secondary analysis.
Each year initial results are published in a headline report at the beginning of the year. This is followed by a series of more detailed reports released in the summer.
The English Housing Survey live tables are a collection of detailed time series data tables on people’s housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of the English housing stock. They are updated each year and supplement the annual reports.