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Housing in England 2007-08

Published 29 September 2009
Type(s) Statistics, Reports and summaries
Site Corporate
Product code 09ACST06085
ISBN 9781409818250
Price £20 (free to download below)


This report is based on information from the 15,622 households interviewed for the Survey of English Housing Survey (SEH) beginning April 2007. It also contains some analysis of housing-related data from the Labour Force Survey and the Family Resources Survey.

  • Owner occupation continues to be the most common housing tenure in England, with 14.6 million owner-occupiers in 2008. This represents 68.3 per cent of all households in England, down from 69.6 per cent in 2007 and a high of 70.9 per cent in 2003. The rate of homeownership last stood at 68.3 per cent in 1993.
  • In 2008 there were also an estimated 3.8 million social renters (17.7 per centĀ - unchanged) and 3.0 million private renters (13.9 per cent - up from 12.7 per cent in 2007).
  • Renting is more prevalent in London than in any other region: in 2008, 24 per cent of households in London were social renters, 21 per cent were private renters, whilst 55 per cent were owner occupiers.
  • From 1993-94 to 2007-08, the proportion of young householders aged 25 to 29 who were private renters rose from 19 per cent to 38 per cent while the proportion that were owner occupiers fell from 60 per cent to 38 per cent.
  • Around 2.4 million households moved home during the 12 months prior to being interviewed (in 2007-08). Of these 390,000 (17 per cent of the total) were newly-formed householdsĀ - of whom 20 per cent moved into social housing, 34 per cent became homeowners and 47 per cent moved into the private rented sector.
  • The estimated number of households in England with a second home abroad rose by 135 per cent (from 115,000 to 270,000) over the past 11 years. Over the same period, the number of households with a second home in England rose by 35 per cent (from 200,000 to 272,000).

This is the last report published under the Survey of English Housing. The survey was merged with the English House Condition Survey into the English Housing Survey in 2008. Headline findings from the EHS will be published early 2010.


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