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Government publishes estimate of the number of leasehold dwellings in England, 2016-17

October 2018

On 25th October, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published its estimate of the number of leasehold dwellings in England in 2016-17. The release presents an estimate of the number of leasehold dwellings in England in 2016 to 2017. It follows earlier releases, in April and September 2017.

The table below summarises the latest data compared with 2015-16.

2016-17 2015-16
4.3 million Leasehold dwellings in England or 18% of English housing stock. 4.2 million Leasehold dwellings in England or 18% of the English housing stock.
2.3 million dwellings (54%) were in the owner
occupied sector
2.2 million dwellings (53%) were in the owner occupied sector*
1.7 million (40%) were privately owned and
let in the private rented sector.
1.8 million (43%) were privately owned and let in the private rented sector. *
244,000 (6%) were dwellings owned by social landlords and let in the social rented sector. 200,000 (5%) were dwellings owned by social landlords and let in the social rented sector.*
67%, (2.9 million) were leasehold flats 68% (2.9 million) were leasehold flats.
33% (1.4 million) were leasehold houses. 32% (1.4 million) were leasehold houses

*Percentages do not sum to 100 due to rounding.

The statistics are again published as Experimental Official Statistic. The methodology is subject to evaluation and testing.

Click here for a short questionnaire on how the leasehold estimates are used and feedback on the revised methodology and potential methodological improvements.

Users are encouraged to provide feedback on how these statistics are used and how well they meet user needs. Comments on any issues relating to this statistical release are welcomed and encouraged. Responses should be addressed to:

Kate Eastall and Anna Carlsson-Hyslop
Email: [email protected]

The Department’s engagement strategy to meet the needs of statistics users is published here.

LEASE is governed by a board, appointed as individuals by the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.

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