English Housing Survey shows huge increase in families renting privately

The English Housing Survey is a national survey commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), collecting information about people’s housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England.

12 July 2018

Following the release of the Government’s latest English Housing Survey today, new analysis by the National Housing Federation which shows that:

  • the number of private renters with young children has risen by 175% in the last ten years
  • the number of single parents with young children who own their own home has fallen by more than a third in the same period.

These figures show an unprecedented growth in private renting over the last two decades. The size of the sector has doubled, with 2.1m more households starting to rent privately since 2006 alone.

Many people who rent privately are well served by it. However, others are not, and find themselves suffering thanks to high rents and a lack of stability. For instance, more than one in three private renters now have young children, who we know really struggle with the instability it can create. Our analysis of the figures shows that this increase in the number of renters with young children is up by a startling 175% in the last ten years. Meanwhile, the number of single parents who own their own home has fallen by more than a third during the same period.

Ultimately, this happens because there just isn’t enough social housing to go round after seven years of record low levels of funding from the Government. This has forced some tenants to find unsuitable alternatives in the private sector. We desperately need more affordable homes – we know that we need to build 145,000 every year to meet the country’s need. This would allow people to rent privately if they want to, while providing affordable homes for people in need, who aren’t then being forced into unsuitable accommodation in the private sector.

The full survey can be found here.