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Overcrowded households by tenure over time

Key points

  • The level of overcrowding among renting households at 13% is 4 times the level among owner-occupiers at 3%.
  • For private renters overcrowding has gradually increased in the last ten years from a level of 7% in the early 2000s.
  • Whilst overcrowding in the social rented sector is relatively high it has fallen slightly in the last two years so the gap between the private and social rented sector has closed.

Overcrowding in London over time

What does this graph show?

The graph shows the proportion of overcrowded households in London over time. Overcrowding is measured according to the bedroom standard, which compares the size and composition of households to the bedrooms available.

The level of overcrowding among renting households at 13% is 4 times the level among owner-occupiers at 3%. The graph shows that for private renters overcrowding has gradually increased in the last ten years from a level of 7% in the early 2000s. Whilst overcrowding in the social rented sector is relatively high it has fallen slightly in the last two years so the gap between the private and social rented sector has closed. But it is important not to attribute the recent fall in overcrowding in the social rented sector or the increase in the private rented sector to welfare reform, as 2012/13 data predates recent changes in housing benefit.

Data used

English Housing Survey, DCLG

Indicator last updated: 21 October 2015