English Housing Survey records massive rise in renting

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 the number of households renting privately has risen by 1.3 million since 2001, from 2.1 million to 3.4 million in 2009-10.

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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