Survey Variable: Housing Status

Figure 1. See also Table A1.

The housing status variable indicates whether respondents own their homes outright or with a mortgage, or rent them from a local authority, private landlord, or housing association. Using weighted data, Figure 1 shows that around a third of respondents (33.6%) owned their homes outright whilst a further third (32.2%) are buying their homes. The remaining third of the sample were renting their homes, largely from private landlords (15.2% of the sample) but also from local authorities (7.1%) or housing associations (6.1%). A small percentage of respondents (5.9%) answered ‘Don’t know’ regarding their housing status and need to be coded as missing values on this variable. At the same time, we can simplify the variable into two categories: those who are renting their homes, and those who own or are buying their homes. The simplified variable is graphed in Figure 2, below which the details of the original and recoded variables are presented.

Figure 2. See also Table A2.
Variable nameback_housstat
Number of cases1,405
Number of categories6
Categories to code as missing‘Don’t know’
Cases to code as missing46
Recoded variable nameback_housstat_bmv
Number of cases1,359
Number of categories2
New and old categories‘Renting’ = ‘Local authority’
+ ‘Private rental’ + ‘Housing association’

‘Own or buying’ = ‘Own outright’
+ ‘Mortgage’

Missing = ‘Don’t know’
Details of the original and recoded housing status variables.

Published by joegreenwoodhau

Joe Greenwood-Hau is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Government & Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde, where he works on the Capital, Privilege and Political Participation in Britain and Beyond project.

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