The Government has just released the latest English Housing Survey (2016/17)

Published on Sun, 28th Jan 2018 16:15

he headlines are:-

  • Owner occupation rates remain unchanged for the fourth year in a row.

  • While the overall rate of owner occupation has not changed in recent years, the composition of the group has: there are more outright owners while the proportion of those buying with a mortgage is down.

  • Over the last decade, the drop in the proportion of 25-34 and 35-44 year olds in owner occupation has been particularly pronounced.

  • The private rented sector remains larger than the social rented sector, and is now the most prevalent tenure in London.

  • The composition of the social sector has changed in recent years, with more households renting from housing associations than local authorities; although this is not the case in London.

  • The proportion of social renters who expect to buy has continued to increase. No such increase was observed among private renters.

  • Rates of overcrowding did not change but remained higher in the rented sectors.

  • Meanwhile, about half of owner occupied households are under-occupied.

  • The energy efficiency of English homes has increased considerably in the last 20 years, but did not increase between 2015 and 2016.

  • The number of dwellings with smart meters has increased.

  • The number of homes with working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms has also increased.

In the latest survey, the private rental sector accounted for 4.7m (20%) households. The social rental sector made up 3.9m (17%) households. There was no change in the size of either sector between 2015-16 and 2016-17.

In London, private renting was the most prevalent tenure (30%), followed by outright ownership (25%). A smaller proportion of households was buying with a mortgage (22%) or renting in the social sector (22%). Outside of London, outright ownership predominated (36%), followed by buying with a mortgage (30%), and renting in the private (19%) and social (16%) sectors.

It noted that the energy efficiency of properties did not improve between 2015/16, but that it had improved overall over the last 20 years.  Will the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) re-start this improvement?