Statistics: Private Rental Sector vs. Social Rental Sector

Following the release last week of the 2010-2011 English Housing Survey Report, we can see the difference between the private rental sector and social rental sector.

  • The social rented sector accounted for 17.5% (3.8 million) of households and the private rented sector accounted for 16.5% (3.6 million) of households
  • Over half of all private renters (1.9 million) were aged under 35 with 16% (582,000) aged 16 to 24 and 36% (1.3 million) aged 25 to 34. This is a different picture to the social rented sector, in which only 19% (729,000) were aged under 35 (5% aged 16 to 24, and 14% aged 25 to 34)
  • The social rented sector had a much higher proportion of older tenants than the private rented sector, 29% of social renters were aged 65 or over compared to only 8% of private renters.
  • Unemployment was highest in the social rented sector, 10% compared to 6% of private renters
  • One person households accounted for 43% of households in the social rented sector and 29% in the private rented sector
  • Within the social rented sector, 1.8 million households (48%) rented from a local authority and 2.0 million (52%) from a housing association
  • The average private rented sector weekly rent (excluding services but including any amount met through Housing Benefit) was around twice that of households living in social housing (£160 compared to £79)
  •  Around 59% of private renters (1.9 million households), and 23% of social renters (855,000 households), said that they expected to buy  a property at some point in the future


Source: English Housing Survey 2010-11

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