Report of initial findings from the English housing survey for 2011 to 2012.
The Department for Communities and Local Government published the English housing survey 2011 to 2012 headline report on Thursday 7 February 2013.
The report’s findings include:
- the private rented sector has been growing in recent years, and is at its highest level since the early 1990s, equalling that of the social rented sector at 3.8 million households; in 2011 to 2012, around two-thirds (65%) of households were owner occupiers
- average weekly rents in the private rented sector continued to be well above those in the social rented sector (£164 per week compared with £83); while mean rents have increased in both sectors since 2008 to 2009, private rented sector rents showed no significant change from 2010 to 2011
- almost two-thirds (64%) of households in the social rented sector were in receipt of Housing Benefit, compared with around a quarter (26%) of those in the private rented sector
- there was no significant change in overcrowding rates since 2010 to 2011 for owner occupiers (1%), social renters (7%) or private renters (6%); rates of under-occupation remained substantially higher in the owner occupied sector (49%) than in both the social rented sector (10%) and private rented sector (16%)
- the energy efficiency of the housing stock continued to improve: between 1996 and 2011 the average SAP rating of a dwelling increased by 12 SAP points from 45 to 57
- the proportion of dwellings achieving the highest energy efficiency rating (EER) bands has increased considerably since 1996; in 2011, the social sector had the largest proportion of dwellings in the highest EER bands A to C (34% of housing association and 26% of local authority dwellings)
- in 2011, 5.4 million dwellings (24%) were non-decent, a reduction of well over 500,000 compared with 2010; the rate was lowest in the social rented sector (17%) and highest in the private rented sector (35%)
- the proportion of dwellings with damp problems has reduced from 13% in 1996 to 5% in 2011; private rented dwellings were more likely than those in other tenures to experience damp problems, as they were more likely to be older stock