Housing in the UK
A listener requested a topic on the housing market in the UK, so I thought I’d give it a shot and make it as interesting as I can. In this episode, I talk about the housing crisis the UK is currently going through, my own experience with buying a house and share some interesting sayings and idioms too.
As always, we look at lots of useful and high-level vocabulary. Do you know the word ‘insurmountable’? Let’s learn it today!
UK Housing Statistics
- Britain has a severe housing crisis
- The average house costs more than ten times the average salary
- Vacancy rates are below 1 per cent (per cent of unoccupied houses)
- Space per person for private renters has dropped substantially in recent decades.
- Homelessness peaked in 2017. Although it’s lower today, it’s still almost double the amount 10 years ago. (source)
- Wages don’t change much, but housing and everything else is getting more expensive
- The number of families in England and Wales with adult children living with their parents rose 13.6% between the 2011 Census and Census 2021 to nearly 3.8 million. (source)
How is the housing situation in your country? And, what is your dream home like?