Housing tenure over time

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020

Tenure types of London households over time (1961-2018)

The proportion of London households which are owner-occupied has increased from the 1960s. Rates of home ownership peaked at 57.2% in 1991, before stabilising between 49% and 52% in the last decade.

A similar trend is found amongst households that were social rented, which peaked in 1981 at 34.8%. In the following decades, the proportion of social rented households has slowly fallen to 22.3% in 2018.

The trend for private rented households went in the opposite direction in the 1980s until the early 2000s. Starting at 45.5% in 1961, the proportion of private rented households was its lowest point at 13.9% in 1991, after which, the proportion increased rapidly until 2011 (26.4%) and is now 25.8%.

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