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The main aims of the English Housing Survey ( SEH) were to provide regular information about the main features of people's housing and their views about their circumstances, and information about the private rented sector (not covered by routine administrative statistics like the owner-occupied and social rented sectors). From 2008, the SEH merged with the English House Condition Survey (EHCS) to form the new English Housing Survey (EHS). The final fieldwork year for the SEH was 2007-2008.

Main Topics/Subject Category
The SEH comprises a main core of factual questions that remain largely unchanged from year to year, and cover tenure, type of accommodation, household and personal characteristics, tenure, second homes, moves, repossessions, satisfaction with the accommodation and area, waiting lists for council or housing association housing, owner occupation, social sector tenants, and private renters. The survey also carries a set of attitudinal questions which are revised/rotated each year.
England, age, apartments, associations, attitudes, bathrooms, bedrooms, building maintenance, car parking areas, cars, central heating, child benefits, children, cohabitation, commercial buildings, cooking, costs, council tax, crime, debts, decision making, disabled persons, economic activity, economic value, employees, employers, employment, employment history, employment opportunities, ethnic groups, family members, financial institutions, financial resources, financial support, freehold, fuels, full-time employment, furnished accommodation, garages, gender, heads of household, health services, home buying, home ownership, home selling, home sharing, homelessness, household head's occupation, household head's occupational status, households, houses, housing, housing age, housing facilities, housing finance, housing tenure, human settlement, income
Identifier Variables
LA, GOR, standard statistical regions
Economic/Subject Categories
Income, Earnings
Area of Health System
Data collecting organization (s)
National Centre for Social Research
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Unit of Analysis

Sample size approimately 19,398 private households and privately renting tenancy groups in England

ESDS, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access