The dramatic rise of private renting, 2001 to 2018
Since 2001, there has been a surge in the proportion of adults living in the private rental sector.
Our research shows that the private rental sector has more than doubled between 2001 and 2018, from 11% of the adult population to 28%. The proportion of individuals living in their own property is also on the decline, falling from 73% of the population to 59%.
This sudden shift in housing situation is largely unprecedented in recent history. In fact, the only near-equivalent is the move from private to social renting that took place after World War II.
Now, for the first time since the release of the 2011 census, data collected by YouGov means that we’re able to look at these changes at the local authority level.
Percentage point increase in individuals living in the private rental sector, by local authority, from 2001 to 2018
- 3% change or less
- 3% - 17%
- 17% or more
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- data presented is for adults aged 20 and over
- figures for private renters include those who are living rent-free
- data for 2001 is drawn from the 2001 Census Microdata
- data for 2018 is downloaded from YouGov profiles. This data is weighted to match the 2011 Census by age, gender, region and social grade. Data was collected from May 2017 to May 2018. YouGov Profiles is an aggregated data set of the surveys that YouGov carries out over the specified time period