The latest headline bulletin of the English Housing Survey, a long-term statistical housing study administered by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) was published at the end of February 2014 and confirms that the private-rented sector has now overtaken the social sector to become England's second tenure - after home ownership.

The report also contains an enormous amount of information about housing across all tenures and can help dispell many of the myths which breed ill-feeling about private-renting.

The following tables are a snap-shot of some of the most relevant updated information available. 

Tenure

Number of Households

Percentage of Households

PRS

4.0 million

18%

Owner-occupier

14.3 million

65%

Social rented

3.7 million

17%

 

Housing Benefit / LHA:

Tenure

Percentage Households in Receipt

Percentage Working Households in Receipt

PRS

25% (up from 19% in 08-09)

12% (up from 9% in 09-10)

Social rented

66% (up from 59% in 08-09)

32% (up from 24% in 10-11)

 

Households:

Tenure

Avg. persons per household

Percentage overcrowded

Avg. Rent

Avg. Stay

Avg. Income

PRS

2.3

6%

£163pw

(up 6.5% since 08-09)

3.8 years

£33,149

£14,130 in receipt of HB

Owner-occupier

2.9

1%

n/a

17.3 years

n/a

Social rented

2.2

6%

£89

(up 25.4% since 08-09)

11.3 years

£23,279

£12,008 in receipt of HB

 

 

 

Tenure

Couples

(with or without children)

Singles under 60

Singles over 60

Lone parents

Percentage of PRS Households

45%

23%

6%

12%

 

Stock:

Tenure

Number of Dwellings

Percentage non-decent

Avg. Usable Floor Space

Percentage dwellings with F&G ratings (EPC)

Avg. SAP rating

PRS

4.1 million

33%

74m2

9%

58

Owner-occupier

14.8 million

20%

104m2

6%

57

Social rented

3.8 million

15%

63m2

1%

65/64

(depending on ownership model)

 

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