On 6th April, the government published its estimate of the number of leasehold dwellings in England in 2014-15.
Whilst these statistics are still in the testing phase and not yet fully developed the main findings are:
- There were 4 million leasehold dwellings in England in the private sector. Of these, 2.3 million dwellings (57%) were in the owner occupied sector and 1.7 million (43%) were privately owned and let in the private rented sector:
- There were 1.2 million leasehold houses in 2014-15 and 2.8 million leasehold flats. This represents 30% and 70% of the total number of leasehold dwellings respectively.
This is the first statistical release that uses a new methodology to estimate the number of leasehold dwellings in the private sector in England. This matches the English Housing Survey (EHS) and Land Registry data. Dwelling Stock Estimates and Valuation Office Agency (VOA) data is also used.
This estimate is published as an Experimental Official Statistic, and the government welcomes views on how the index may be improved.
Another release is scheduled for September 2017. This will be based on the latest English Housing Survey data for 2015-16. Following that, the Department will update the estimate annually, publishing each September.
Government last published an estimate of leasehold dwellings in 2014 which used the 2011 Census to calculate the dwelling totals.
The statistical release includes a short questionnaire on how the leasehold estimates are used. It also seeks feedback on the revised methodology and potential methodological improvements.