Private rented housing stock remains static

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There were 4.8m private rented dwellings in England at the end of March  2020, the Office for national Statistics has reported.

Overall there were 24.7m dwellings in England, an increase of 243,770 on the number the same time in 2019.

Most dwellings, 15.7m, were owner-occupied, but 4.1m were social and affordable rented dwellings, and 4.8m private rented.

The number of private rented sector dwellings increased slightly between 2019 and 2020 but the private rented sector remained at 19.5 per cent as a proportion of the total stock in 2020, down from 19.7 per cent in 2018.

Owner-occupied dwelling went up from 63.7 per cent of the total to 63.8 per cent.

The proportion of owner occupation rose in all regions except for the West Midlands, the East of England, and the South West. The West Midlands, the East of England and the South West were also the only regions in which there was an increase in the proportion of private rented dwellings.

There were 665,600 vacant dwellings in England on 5 October 2020, an increase of 17,500 (2.7 per cent) from 648,100 on 7 October 2019.  Some 268,400 were long-term vacant dwellings, an increase of 42,500 (18.8 per cent) on 7 October 2020.

Vacant dwelling made up 2.7 per cent of the total housing stock, and long-term vacant dwellings 1.1 per cent.

For more, go to Dwelling stock estimates in England: 2020