9 million households live in properties that are too big

News at Newton Fallowell | 26/06/2019

Nearly 9 million households across England and half a million across Wales are classed as under-occupied, defined as having at least two more bedrooms than the household needs.

The latest English Housing Survey estimates that half of all owner-occupied properties are under-occupied, while this figure is one in every eight in the private rented sector.

The rise in retiree households (those aged 65 plus) is a significant factor in the growth. The last census reported nearly two-thirds of owner-occupier retiree households are considered under-occupied, this compares to just 15% for lone parent families.

With just 1% of the UK population living in designated retirement accommodation at present, compared to 17% in the US and 13% in Australia, thinking outside the box in terms of future housing delivery may well be required to meet the nation’s housing needs.

Coronavirus Information

The wellbeing of our clients, staff and their families - together with continuity of service to clients - is of paramount importance. Outlined below are the precautionary measures we have taken to minimise the risk to our clients, staff and others.

For more information click here

Coronavirus Update Hide