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Living longer: changes in housing tenure over time

Office for National Statistics have published a new article in our Living Longer series, which looks at changes in housing tenure over time.

Understanding how older people live their lives currently and how the future older population might live their lives is important for understanding the implications of an ageing population.

This article examines changes in housing tenure between 1993 and 2017 and what those changes might mean for older people in the future.

Main points:

  • Almost three-quarters of people aged 65 years and over in England own their home outright.
  • Younger people are less likely to own their own home than in the past and more likely to be renting. Half of people in their mid-30s to mid-40s had a mortgage in 2017, compared with two-thirds 20 years earlier.