Under-occupation of homes not limited to social housing sector
ACROSS the UK, 47 per cent of privately owned households are ‘tumbleweeders’ who occupy homes that are too large for their needs, according to new research.
This is the first time that researchers have analysed under-occupation data for private homes, rather than for social housing, across the country.
Lack of supply is often cited as the biggest issue facing the housing industry in the UK. However, these figures clearly show under-occupation is an equally huge issue.
In Strutt and Parker’s Housing Futures report, they have defined a ‘tumbleweeder’ as those who have two or more bedrooms than required for the number of people living in their home (a couple is defined as needing one bedroom for their needs).
As might be expected, under-occupation becomes greater in the peripheral areas of the UK.