In around a third of councils in England, between 20-39% of
all housing is private rental, according to new figures from the Office for
National Statistics (ONS).
The ONS’s Subnational
dwelling stock by tenure estimates, England: 2012 to 2017 details the
number of private rental versus owner-occupied homes across English local
It found that, in 2017, the percentage of homes in England
that were owner-occupied ranged from just 24.5% in Tower Hamlets, London to 84.5%
in Ribble Valley, North West.
Within the English regions, the percentage of owner-occupied
dwellings in most local authorities followed a similar trend to the region as a
whole in 2017. However, Newcastle upon Tyne, Manchester and Kingston upon Hull
were the only local authorities that had a significantly lower proportion of
owner-occupied homes than any other in their respective regions.
Purbeck, South West recorded the greatest decline in the
percentage of owner-occupied homes between 2012-17, while Hertsmere, East of
England had the largest proportionate increase in private rental housing.
The local authorities that had the greatest percentage of
private rental housing in 2017 were typically in London and the surrounding
areas, whereas the councils that had the highest proportions of owner-occupied
dwellings were distributed across the English regions, excluding London and the
In 2017, the percentage of private rental housing ranged
from 6.5% in East Hampshire to 44.1% in Westminster.
Dan Wilson Craw, the Director of tenant lobby group
Generation Rent, comments on the figures: “With homeownership unaffordable and social housing
unavailable, more of us are forced to live in the private rented sector, where
the threat of eviction with no reason given and unpredictable rent increases
make it impossible to enjoy a stable life.
figures show how many more people are now being failed by the housing market in
different parts of the country, which should remind local MPs and councils of
the urgency for reform. Renters need secure tenancies, regulated rents and more
genuinely affordable homes.”