10 September 2014

Whether through choice or necessity the number of Britons renting privately has increased by more than 60% in the last decade.

Figures from the latest English Housing Survey produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government found

This is reflected in a fall in the number of owner-occupied households from a peak of 14.8 million in 2005 and 2006 to 14.5 million in 2009-10.

The study also found that in 2009-10, social renters paid on average £75 per week in rent and private renters £153.

Around 62% of social renters received Housing Benefit compared to 24% of private renters.

In 2009-10, 1.8 million households had moved into their current home during the previous 12 months. This was 200,000 less than in 2008-09, and 600,000 less than in 2007-08. The reduction was almost all in the owner-occupied sector.

Meanwhile, the energy efficiency of the housing stock continued to improve, with the average SAP rating increasing from 42 to 53 between 1996 and 2009. The rented sectors - private and social - improved more than the owner-occupied sector.

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