Renters are more likely to feel unsafe in their home than owner occupiers, according to the latest English Housing Survey.

The Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) research found that only 5% of people on average felt unsafe and feared that a fire would break out.

But 7% of private renters didn’t feel safe along with 10% of social renters, compared with 3% of owner occupiers.

The 2019-2020 survey found that those who live in low (11%) and high (21%) rise flats were more likely than those in houses (6%) to feel unsafe in their homes.

Younger people were more likely to feel this way, with 15% of those aged 16-24 agreeing – higher than any other age group.

Those from an ethnic minority background were more likely than those from a White background to report a lack of confidence (8% compared to 5%).


The MHCLG reports: “It is likely that all these findings are related. For example, younger people and those from an ethnic minority background are more likely to be renters and renters are more likely to live in flats.”

The national survey of people’s housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England is one of the longest standing government surveys and was first run in 1967.

This was the first time a question on safety confidence had been included the survey.

Read more about fire safety in the PRS.


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