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Housing stock concerns raised: HOA

Concern regarding the quality of UK housing stock is on the rise, according to data collected by HomeOwners Alliance.

The insight comes from a YouGov survey, on behalf of the group, which polled 2,000 UK adults.

The figures show that 63 per cent of UK adults believe the lack of quality in housing stock is a serious concern, up from 57 per cent recorded in 2018.

The alliance reports that 69 per cent of those living in rented accommodation report serious concerns with housing stock quality.

HomeOwners Alliance chief executive Paula Higgins comments: “It is shocking that in a country that is a leading world economy that so many people have serious concerns about the quality of our old and new housing stock, whether they are renting or are owner occupiers… we need more decent housing for more of us.”

Resi chief executive Alex Depledge comments: “Housebuilders keep churning out badly-built boxes. They prioritise profit rather than the living environment. This poorly-designed housing stock is having an increasingly profound effect on the nation’s mental health and productivity.

“It is scientifically proven that people respond well to beautiful facades and large windows, which is why Georgian and Victorian properties are so enduringly popular and expensive.

“But everyone has the right to live in a well-designed property. Solving the issue of poor housing stock would address so many other issues in society.”

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