London’s Poverty Profile

Housing

Key findings

27%

of London's households live in the private rented sector - the highest proportion since the 1970s.

24%

of new homes completed in 2015/16 were "affordable". This was just 6,700 homes against a target of 17,000.

72%

Rents in Inner London in 2015/16 were 72% of earnings compared to 29% in the rest of England.

Overview

Housing is central to understanding poverty and inequality in London. Housing costs push many Londoners into poverty and are a significant contribution to the fact that London's poverty rate is higher than in the rest of England.

The indicators in this topic look at the nature of housing in London: the tenures people live in; the cost and quality of housing; and evictions.


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