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Understanding landlords

Terrace housing
Published: July 2013

Aim

The social science evidence base on landlords in the private rented sector has always been limited in scope and detail. This report presents research on private landlords in Britain. It shows that despite representing around 2% of the adult population, private landlords are in a privileged position compared to other social groups

Findings

  • Landlords make up about 2% of the adult population and are relatively privileged when pitted against other social groups, whether in relation to education, earnings, wealth or the size of their homes
  • 62% of private landlords could cope for at least a year if household income were to drop by a quarter.
  • 76% lived in owner occupied accommodation as a teenager.
  • The median average rental income per property is £500 per month.
  • 77% of private landlords are in employment, mainly in private sector employment and their median gross monthly earnings is £2400.
  • Half of private landlords live home that is worth £300,000+ with 4+ bedrooms.
  • The median total financial assets of private landlords are £20,500 compared to £398 for private tenants.

Method

This report made use of the Wealth and Assets Survey and The British Household Panel Survey to profile the circumstances of private landlords. The Strategic Society Centre designed the research plan, and then collaborated with us to produce the research.

Read the report