The influence of parental housing tenure on young adults’ housing, 1971-2011

Coulter, R. (2015) Family trajectories and young adults’ homeownership transitions: Briefing Paper 1 [ONS LS]

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Key Findings:

  1. The proportion of young adults who were homeowners by their early thirties fell sharply between1991 and 2011. During this period young men became much more likely to share their dwelling or live with their parents. Young people in their early thirties were three times as likely to live in the private rental sector in 2011 as compared with 1991.
  2. Children whose parents were social tenants are significantly less likely to enter homeownership in young adulthood than children whose parents were homeowners. This pattern cannot be fully explained by differences in young people’s family lives, educational attainments, employment, or the labour force position of their parents. The negative impact of parental tenancy on young adults’ chances of becoming a homeowner has increased slightly over time and children with parents in social housing are becoming disproportionately likely to live in the private rental sector.
  3. Inherited housing inequalities are strong, persistent and may constrain social mobility.

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