The English Housing Survey (EHS) has produced a report of its
latest survey focusing on the social rented sector.
The EHS is a national survey of people's housing circumstances
and the condition and energy of housing in England. The EHC has
produced a report of its latest survey findings on the social
rented sector, the main findings were:
- The social rented sector is now the smallest tenure in England,
home to 3.9million households - 17% of all households.
- The composition of the social rented sector has changed in
recent years with more households (2.4million) renting from housing
associations than local authorities ((1.6million)
- The sector houses more vulnerable people than other sectors -
50% of households in social rented housing have a long term illness
or disability and 75% of households were in the lowest two income
- Over the last decade the proportion of those renting social
housing has increased and 43% of households were working.
- Overcrowding is more prevalent in the social rented sector and
has increased in the last 20 years but under-occupation is less
prevalent and has decreased.
- Most social renters are satisfied with their accommodation and
the way their landlord carries out repairs. However levels of
satisfaction with repairs are generally lower than in the private
rented sector (66% compared to 72%)
- While social renters spend a lower proportion of their income
on rent than private renters, they are more likely to be in
arrears. In 2016/17 25% of social housing tenants were either
currently in arrears or had been in arrears in the last year - up
from 14% in 1996/97.
- The proportion of social renters who expect to buy at some
point in the future has continued to increase - up from 27% to 30%
between 2015/16 and 2016/17.
Read the full report "English Housing Survey: Social Rented Sector 2016