Housing Tenure Factsheet

By: Rita Diaz  Published: January 2009

Housing tenure describes the legal status under which people have the right to occupy their accommodation. The most common forms of tenure are home-ownership (including homes owned outright and mortgaged) and renting (including social rented housing and private rented housing).


This factsheet provides basic information on housing tenure in England. It looks at tenure trends and describes the regional differences in tenure types. It contrasts housing costs, household incomes and satisfaction with accommodation between tenures. It also provides an overview of government policies that have had an impact on housing tenure and shows patterns of housing tenure across Europe.


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