Multiple housing problems
Problems with housing conditions, security and affordability can be experienced in parallel, which has big implications for health

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13%
of households in England experience multiple housing problems.
70%
of households in the lowest income quintile have one or more housing problems, compared to 40% in the second lowest.
Almost half
of households in London experience at least one housing problem, compared to one quarter in the North West.
45%
of 16–29-year-olds experience at least one housing problem, compared to 25% of people older than 65 years.

Problems with housing conditions, security and affordability can be experienced in parallel, which has big implications for health and for policymaking.

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

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Relationship between health and number of housing problems

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Having multiple housing problems is associated with poor self-rated health.

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Number of households experiencing multiple housing problems

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Around one million households experience more than one housing problem, most commonly non-decent...

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Households experiencing one or more housing problems by housing tenure

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Different housing tenures suffer from different housing problems. Owner-occupied homes are more...

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Inequalities in households experiencing one or more housing problems

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Younger adults, ethnic minorities and those in low-income households are most likely to experience...

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Inequalities in households experiencing one or more housing problems by region

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The most urbanised regions – London, the West Midlands, and the North West – have the highest...

Further reading

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Better housing is crucial for our health and the COVID-19 recovery

28 December 2020

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Housing problems such as overcrowding, poor quality and unaffordable homes are a threat to health....

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Housing affordability
This relates to financial pressure caused by housing payments – for housing itself and for utilities and maintenance
Housing quality
This relates to the condition of a home, such as how easy it is to heat, hazards and damp
Housing stability and security
This relates to how much control people have over how long they live in their homes, and how secure they feel

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