young men according to a survey report published today by
By the age of 20 or 21 years the proportion of young women living
young men living independently does not exceed 50 per cent until
about the age of 25.
The data are derived from the sixth annual Survey of English
Housing (SEH) carried out by the Office for National Statistics
(ONS) on behalf of the DETR. Other key results from the 1998-99
Between 1988 and 1998/99, the number of households in
England grew by approximately 1.8 million to 20.4 million. The
increase was particularly concentrated among households
containing one person living alone and also lone parents with
dependent children. Taken together, these groups increased
from around 5.7 million in 1988 to 7.1 million in 1998/99.
The number of households that had moved to their present
accommodation in the twelve months before interview was 2.4
million, similar to the previous year. Over half (53 per cent) of
moving households had stayed in the same housing tenure on
moving, three in ten had changed sectors and a fifth were
newly formed households.
There were 14 million owner-occupiers (69 per cent of all
households). Just over six in ten owner-occupiers were buying
their home with a mortgage. Of this group, 60 per cent had an
interest only, mortgage and 36 per cent had an interest and
principal (repayment) mortgage.
On average, mortgagors spent£78 per week (including
payments for endowment policies) on their mortgage. This
varied from£49 per week among the fifth of households with
the lowest income to£120 per week among the fifth of
households with the highest income. A small proportion -
three per cent - reported that they were in mortgage arrears,
and a further 13 per cent said that they were having difficulty
keeping up with their payments.
Tenants in the social rented sector were older than average,
34 per cent aged 65 or over, and the sector also included an
above average proportion of lone parents (16 per cent).
There were 2.3 million private tenancies including 1.2 million
Assured Shorthold tenancies, 250,000 Assured lettings and
190,000 Regulated tenancies. Tenants with Assured and
Assured Shorthold lettings tended to be young people in
employment. The majority of tenants with Regulated tenancies
were elderly people often living alone.
Approximately 1.1 million flat owners in England were classed
as leaseholders. This included 240,000 flats where the
freehold was jointly owned by a group of leaseholders and a
further one fifth where the flat previously belonged to a local
authority or Registered Social Landlord (RSL). The vast
majority (83 per cent) of leaseholder flats were in the South of
England and over half of those which had once been local
authority or housing association flats were in Greater London.
Over seven in ten leaseholders livingin flats that had not been
previously owned by a local council or RSL were very or fairly
satisfied with the standard of routine maintenance and
cleaning and two thirds were satisfied with the cost of these
services. In comparison, leaseholders in ex-local authority or
RSL flats had lower levels of satisfaction with service charges;
two fifths were dissatisfied with the level of service received
for the amount paid.
Over half (54 per cent) of those aged 18 or 19 who lived
independently, lived in privately rented accommodation. This
proportion increased to 64 per cent for those aged 20 or 21. At
the age of 22-24, the proportion fell back to 43 per cent largely
as a consequence of an influx of young people to owner
occupation who had not lived independently when younger.
In the last twenty years, the number of older people (aged 65
years or more) living in private households increased by 15
per cent, from 6.4 million to 7.3 million. Over the same period,
the number of older people living alone increased by 30 per
cent while the number living in couples increased by one
1. The Survey of English Housing was set up to provide key housing
data on tenure, owner-occupation and the social rented sectors and
regular information about the private rented sector. The SHE is a
continuous survey which started in April 1993. It is sponsored by
the DETR, which has responsibility for housing policy in England.
From its inception until 1998/99 the survey was carried out for
DETR by the Social Survey Division of the Office for National
Statistics. The latest results cover the period April
1998 to March 1999. The findings are based on face-to-face
interviews in 20,000 private households in England.
2. The SEH provides key data on a wide range of housing topics, such
as the changing profiles of home owners and of local authority,
housing association and private tenants; rents, mortgages and
incomes; types of tenancy in the private rented sector; and movement
3. Details of the policy governing the release of new data are
available from the press office.
4. National Statistics are produced to high professional standards
set out inthe National Statistics Code of Practice. They undergo
regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer
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