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English housing survey 2008 to 2009: household report

First annual detailed report of findings relating to households from the English housing survey.

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English housing survey 2008 to 2009 household report

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English housing survey 2008 to 2009 household report: errata

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English housing survey 2008 to 2009 household report: chapter 1 annex tables

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Detail

This is the first detailed report of findings relating to households from the English housing survey, and builds on results reported in the ‘English housing survey 2008 to 2009: headline report’ published in February 2010 (available on the National Archive).

The ‘English housing survey 2008: housing stock report’ was also published on 27 October 2010.

The report includes the following findings:

  • the total number of households in England was 21.5 million in 2008 to 2009, up from 20.2 million in 1999; of these, 68% were owner occupiers, 18% were social renters, and 14% were private renters
  • owner-occupation decreased from a peak of 70.9% of households in 2003 to 67.9% in 2008 to 2009; in contrast, the proportion of households renting privately rose from 10.8% to 14.2% over the same period
  • 656,000 households (3.0%) were overcrowded, with about a third of these households living in London; overcrowding rates were higher in rented tenures than in owner-occupation: 6.7% of social renters and 5.4% of private renters compared to 1.6% of owner-occupiers
  • under-occupancy was highest in the South West and East Midlands (both 40%)
  • 61% of households in the private-rented sector worked full time compared with 24% of households in the social-rented sector; however, a much higher proportion of social renters than private renters were retired: 31% compared to 9%
  • private renters tended to be younger than social renters: 60% of social renters were aged 45 or over compared with 29% of private renters
  • the average weekly rent for households in the private-rented sector was £153, compared with £72 for social renters
  • 1.9 million households had moved into their current accommodation in the 12-month period prior to 2008 to 2009, a reduction of 21% compared with the previous year
  • of private-renter households, 36% had lived in their home for less than a year, compared with 4% of owner-occupiers and 8% of social renters; over half (54%) of owner-occupiers and 40% of social renters had not moved in the past 10 years; only 11% of private renters had lived in their home for over 10 years
  • overall, 87% of households were very or fairly satisfied with their local area and 90% were satisfied with their accommodation, with older householders most likely to express satisfaction

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