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Tenure, type and suitability of homes

There are about 25 million homes in the UK, of which seven out of 10 are owner-occupied. The number of home owners has risen by more than one million since 1997 alone.

In 1918, eight out of 10 homes were rented privately, compared with one in 10 now. The number of people in social housing has fallen to fewer than two in 10.

Home ownership is lowest in London (58%) and Scotland (67%). The majority of single parents rent their homes.

Most people live in houses, but large numbers of flats are being built. Homes have improved, but more than a quarter are not properly maintained or constructed.


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