Child poverty and type of housing

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 28 October 2020

Number of children in poverty by housing tenure in London (2005/06 - 2018/19)

Those living in the private-rented sector have both the highest rate and level of poverty in London. Over 900,000 private renters are in poverty in London, compared to 560,000 owner occupiers and 890,000 social renters (those who rent from local authorities or Housing Associations).

People living in the private rented and social rented sectors have similarly high levels and rates of poverty. In 2018/19, 960,000 Londoners in social rented housing were in poverty, slightly higher than the 920,000 private renters in poverty.

The poverty rate for those in the private-rented sector is 37%, compared to 24% for owner occupiers and 39% for social renters. 

The current situation reflects a major shift in the nature of poverty in London. In the last decade, the number of Londoners in poverty living in the private-rented sector has increased by 90%. Poverty rates for this group have increased from 24% in 2007/08 to 37% in 2018/19.