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The EHCS is a national survey of housing in England, commissioned by Communities and Local Government. It covers all tenures and involves a physical inspection of property by professional surveyors. The information obtained through the survey provides an accurate picture of the type and condition of housing in England, the people living there, and their views on housing and their neighbourhoods. The EHCS consists of a number of component surveys, they are: Interview Survey, Physical Survey, Market Value Survey, Private Landlord Survey.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Household characteristics, satisfaction with the home and the area, disability and adaptations to the home, work done to the property and income details, number and type of rooms and facilities contained in the property, the condition of a wide range of aspects of the physical structure, details of the heating systems, parking provision, and assessment of neighbourhood quality, market value of the property in its current condition.
England, age, aids for the disabled, apartments, bathrooms, bedrooms, boilers, building maintenance, car parking areas, care of dependants, ceilings, central heating, chimneys, communal establishments, communities, cooking facilities, costs, doors, economic activity, economic value, electric power supply, employees, energy consumption, environment, ethnic groups, floors, freehold, fuels, garages, gas supply, gender, heads of household, heating systems, high rise flats, home ownership, home sharing, house prices, household income, households, houses, housing
Identifier Variables
Area of Health System
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
Office for National Statistics
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Unit of Analysis

Dwellings and their occupants in England. Approximately 16,000 cases

ESDS Government, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access
Morris JN, et al. Defining a minimum income for healthy living (MIHL): older age, England, International Journal of Epidemiology 2007; 36(6): 1300-7