Survey reveals rental divide

A survey of English housing trends shows that while private renterspay on average twice as much rent as social renters, they earn more than twice as much. London has the highest average private rents – around 189 per week – while the North-East has the lowest rent levels at 72 per week. The private rented sector is characterised by much higher turnover thanthe social sector, with about 40% of private renters living in their accommodation for less than a year. Current private renters have spent on average 1.6 years in their home compared with 7.5 years for social renters.