The English Housing Survey (EHS) is a national survey of peoples housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England. It is one of the longest standing government surveys and was first run in 1967. This report provides the findings from the 2021-22 survey.
Much like the previous year, the 2021-22 English Housing Survey data was collected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the restrictions on social distancing, and being conscious of the safety of both our interviewers and respondents, these circumstances necessitated a change in the established survey mode. Face-to-face interviews were replaced with telephone interviews and internal inspections of properties were instead replaced with external inspections, where the inspection was restricted to an assessment of the exterior of the dwelling and supplemented by information about the interior of the dwelling that the surveyor collected (socially distanced) at the doorstep.
This report is split into two sections. The first, on households, covers tenure (owner occupation and the social and private rented sectors) and the demographic and economic characteristics of the people who live in the three tenures. It then explores how affordability varies between tenures and how this has changed over time; buying expectations among renters; average mortgage and rental costs; the extent to which private and social renters claim housing support to help meet the cost of their rent; and rates of mortgage and rent arrears. Rates of overcrowding and under-occupation by tenure are then examined, followed by analysis of well-being and loneliness and the extent to which this varies by tenure.
The second section, on homes, provides an overview of the housing stock in England including: the age, size, and type of home; energy efficiency of the housing stock; decent homes; homes affected by damp and mould; and smoke alarms. Additional annex tables provide further detail to that covered in the main body of the report.
This is the first release of data from the 2021-22 survey. The report will be followed up with a series of more detailed topic reports in 2023.