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The State of UK housing (2nd edition): A factfile on housing conditions and housing renewal policies in the UK

Just under 1.5 million dwellings in the UK are officially unfit for occupation, with a much larger number in considerable disrepair.

Written by:
Kerry Revell and Philip Leather
Date published:

The state of UK housing provides the first single source of data on poor housing conditions that covers the whole of the UK, giving comprehensive information on measures to deal with these problems.

This updated second edition draws together data from the National House Condition Surveys carried out between 1996 and 1998. The state of UK housing examines:

  • the measurement of poor housing conditions
  • unfit dwellings including lack of amenities and disrepair
  • contrasts between urban and rural areas within the UK and between European countries
  • poor housing conditions across the dwelling stock
  • the characteristics of households living in poor conditions
  • housing renewal policies over the past 40 years
  • the effectiveness of current policies to tackle poor housing conditions
  • public and private investment in housing renovation The report is extensively illustrated with tables, graphs and maps.

Supporting appendices provide full details of the data in the report and a wide range of information on individual local authority areas.


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