2012-2013 English Housing Survey Results
English Housing Survey Results
The latest English Housing survey shows continued downward trend in
homeownership and increase in private rental over social rental.
2012-13, the private rented sector overtook the social rented sector to become
the second largest tenure in England
were an estimated 22.0 million households in England. Overall, 65% or 14.3
million were owner occupiers, 18% (4.0 million) were private renters and 17%
(3.7 million) were social renters.
- Overall rates
of overcrowding and under-occupation have not changed in recent years
Some 3% of
households in England were overcrowded in 2012-13. As in previous years,
overcrowding was more prevalent in the rented sectors than in owner occupation:
1% of owner occupied households and 6% each of social and private rented
households were overcrowded.
remained much more common in the owner occupied sector: around half (49%) of
owner occupiers were under-occupying their homes in 2012-13, compared with 15%
of private renters and 10% of social renters.
there was a decrease in the proportion of overcrowded households in the social
and 2012-13, the rate of overcrowding in the social sector declined from 7% to
6%; with 241,000 overcrowded households in the sector in 2012-13, compared with
278,000 in 2010-11.
proportion of renters in receipt of housing benefit increased
In 2012-13, two
thirds (66%) of social renters and a quarter (25%) of private renters received
housing benefit to help with the payment of their rent, up from 59% and 19%
respectively in 2008-09.
has been a steady increase in the proportion of working households in the social
sector in receipt of housing benefit
In 2012-13, a third (32%) of working households in the
social rented sector were in receipt of housing benefit, up from 24% in 2010-11
and 20% in 2009-10. In the private rented sector 12% of working households were
in receipt of housing benefit in 2012-13, unchanged from recent years but up
from 9% in 2009-10.
was an increase in the proportion of social renters who expected to buy their
In 2012-13, 61%
of private renters and 23% of social renters stated that they expected to buy a
property at some point in the future.
renters who expected to buy, the proportion who expected to buy their current
home increased from 37% in 2011-12 to 44% in 2012-13. This may, in part, be
explained by the reinvigoration of the Right to Buy scheme which allows local
authority tenants to buy their home at a discount.
energy efficiency of the English housing stock continued to improve
In 2012, the average SAP
rating of English dwellings was 59 points, up from 45 points in 1996.
Over the same
period, the proportion of dwellings in the highest energy efficiency rating
bands (A to C) also increased from 2% to 18%.
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number of non-decent homes in England continued to decline
In 2012, 4.9
million dwellings (22%) failed to meet the decent homes standard, a reduction
of some 2.8 million homes since 2006, when 35% of homes failed to meet the
decent home standard.
As in previous
years, the private rented sector had the highest proportion of non-decent homes
(33%) while the social rented sector had the lowest (15%). Meanwhile, 20% of
owner occupied homes failed to meet the decent homes standard in 2012.
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