Housing stability and security
Housing stability and security relates to the extent to which people have control over how long they live in their homes, and how secure they feel

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of parents who moved three or more times rated their health as less than good, compared to 14% who did not move.
1 in 4
private renters have lived in their home for less than 1 year, compared to fewer than 8% of social renters and 2% of owner-occupiers.
1 in 5
children in the private rented sector had moved three or more times by the age of 14 years, compared to 9% in social rented and 3% in owner-occupied homes.
children in poverty were almost twice as likely to have moved three or more times by the age of 14 years as children not in poverty.

Housing stability and security relates to the extent to which people have control over how long they live in their homes, and how secure they feel.

Owner occupiers can typically stay in their home as long as they keep up with payments (if they have any), whereas private renters typically have short tenancy agreements and can be evicted through factors beyond their control at short notice. Housing instability can act as a stressor harming health, while frequent moves can undermine engagement with health, other local services and weaken relationships in the local community.

The charts in this section explore the relationship between housing stability and security and health, as well as trends and inequalities in housing stability and security.

Relationship between housing stability and security and health


Relationship between overcrowding and mental health


People living in overcrowded accommodation tend to have worse mental health, something that became...


Relationship between health and residential moves


Increased frequency of residential moves is associated with poorer self-rated health.

Trends and inequalities in housing stability and security


Trends in duration of housing occupancy


Over a quarter of private renters have been in their home for less than a year, which is much higher...


Frequency of residential moves by housing tenure


Children growing up in private or social rented accommodation are much more likely to have moved...


Inequalities in residential moves by poverty status


Children in poverty were more likely to have experienced multiple housing moves by the age of 14...


Trends in household overcrowding by tenure


Overcrowding in the private and social rented sectors has been increasing rapidly for the past 3...


Trends in eviction and mortgage possession claims


Social and private evictions peaked in the mid-2000s, while mortgage possession claims have declined...


Trends in emergency temporary accommodation


The number of households in temporary accommodation due to homelessness has been steadily increasing...


Mortgage and landlord repossessions by local authority


The local areas with the highest landlord and mortgage repossessions were in London, but North East...

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Housing affordability
This relates to financial pressure caused by housing payments – for housing itself and for utilities and maintenance
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This relates to the condition of a home, such as how easy it is to heat, hazards and damp
Multiple housing problems
This relates to the ways in which problems with housing quality, security and affordability often coexist

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