Collection

English housing survey

Information and publications on the English housing survey.

The English housing survey is a continuous national survey commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). 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

About the English housing survey

In April 2008 the English housing survey was created by merging the English house condition survey with the survey of English housing. Information about these former surveys can be found on the National Archive.

The English housing survey covers all housing tenures and provides valuable information and evidence to inform the development and monitoring of DCLG’s housing policies. Results from it are also used by a wide range of other users including:

  • other government departments
  • local authorities
  • housing associations
  • landlords
  • academics
  • construction industry professionals
  • consultants
  • the general public

The interview survey is conducted with all householders in the sample (around 13,300 households per year).

The physical survey involves a physical inspection by qualified surveyors of a subsample of around 6,200 properties per year.

A periodic follow-up survey with private landlords is also undertaken to collect information on landlord experiences and attitudes, what type of landlord they are and why and how they became landlords.

In December 2011, a new contract for the survey years 2012 to 2013, 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 was awarded to a consortium led by NatCen Social Research. This consortium includes CADS Housing Surveys, the Building Research Establishment and Bryson Purdon Social Research.

How are the data used?

The government uses the aggregated results from the survey to gain a better knowledge and understanding of housing and the issues affecting householders in England. In particular, data is used to:

  • monitor the condition and energy efficiency of the housing stock
  • help target policies and resources to where they are most needed

Latest news

Latest news about the English housing survey is available in the English housing survey bulletins.

You can also be added to the mailing list for our electronic newsletter. Please email your details to: ehs@communities.gsi.gov.uk.

Survey users

A detailed guide for survey users provides information about:

  • technical survey methodology
  • how we engage with our wider user community
  • the revisions policy
  • the dissemination strategy
  • how we safeguard the confidentiality of the data
  • how users can access publicly available data sets or commission bespoke analysis

Technical advice and reports to support users of the English housing survey findings and data sets are also available. These will be updated periodically to reflect any changes to the survey methods.

We would like to hear from users of the English housing survey. We want to find out more about how our information is accessed and used, so that we can better meet your needs. Please complete the 10 questions in our short survey.

Or contact us at ehs@communities.gov.uk and tell us briefly how you use the survey, and how it has made a difference to your work.

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 these addresses are invited to take part in the survey and will receive an initial letter from our contractor the Office for National Statistics.

There is detailed guidance for households participating in the survey.

Further information

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:

email: ehs@communities.gsi.gov.uk

English housing survey project management
Department for Communities and Local Government
4th floor SW, Fry Building
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF

Each year initial results are published in a headline report. This is followed by 4 annual reports later each year:

  • household report
  • profile of English housing report
  • fire and fire safety report
  • energy efficiency of English housing report

2013 to 2014

  1. English housing survey 2013 to 2014: household report

    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. English housing survey 2013: profile of English housing report

    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. English housing survey 2013: energy efficiency of English housing report

    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. English housing survey 2013 to 2014: fire and fire safety report

    • Statistics - national statistics
  5. English housing survey 2013 to 2014: headline report

    • Statistics - national statistics

2012 to 2013

  1. English housing survey 2012 to 2013: household report

    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. English housing survey 2012: profile of English housing report

    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. English housing survey 2012: energy efficiency of English housing report

    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. English housing survey 2012 to 2013: fire and fire safety report

    • Statistics - national statistics
  5. English housing survey 2012 to 2013: headline report

    • Statistics - national statistics

2011 to 2012

  1. English housing survey 2011: homes report

    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. English housing survey 2011 to 2012: household report

    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. English housing survey 2011 to 2012: headline report

    • Statistics - national statistics

2010 to 2011

  1. English housing survey 2010: homes report

    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. English housing survey 2010 to 2011: household report

    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. English housing survey 2010: homes statistics

    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. English housing survey 2010 to 2011: headline report

    • Statistics - national statistics

2009 to 2010

  1. English housing survey 2009 to 2010: household report

    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. English housing survey 2009: housing stock report

    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. English housing survey 2009: housing stock summary statistics

    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. English housing survey 2009 to 2010: headline report

    • Statistics - national statistics

2008 to 2009

  1. English housing survey 2008 to 2009: household report

    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. English housing survey 2008: housing stock report

    • Statistics - national statistics

Statistical data sets

A set of statistical tables are published each year to supplement the annual reports. These tables will include some continuing time series tables from either the former survey of English housing or English house condition survey, where possible.

  1. Housing stock summary

    • Statistical data set
  2. Amenities, services and local environments

    • Statistical data set
  3. Attitudes and satisfaction

    • Statistical data set
  4. Dwelling condition and safety

    • Statistical data set
  5. Energy inefficient dwellings

    • Statistical data set
  6. Energy performance

    • Statistical data set
  7. New households and recent movers

    • Statistical data set
  8. Owner occupiers, recent first time buyers and second homes

    • Statistical data set
  9. Social and private renters

    • Statistical data set
  10. Stock profile

    • Statistical data set
  11. Tenure trends and cross tenure analysis

    • Statistical data set