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Household accommodation and vehicle information

Note: this harmonised principle is under review.

A recent review of this harmonised principle identified that the sections on household motor vehicles and number of rooms require updating, and these have been removed from the website pending revision. The type of accommodation and length of residence questions are retained and appear below.

Over the next few months, the Harmonisation Team will consult with stakeholders on whether and how to update the principle, including any improvements that may be made to the type of accommodation and length of residence principles. As part of this, we are keen to hear from housing data users and producers – if that’s you, please get in touch with Catherine Davies (catherine.a.davies@ons.gov.uk). Please also get in touch if you have any questions about this work, or if you require advice on survey questions to use on this topic.

To see an archived version of the full principle, please see the PDF document.

 

The following guidance sets out how to collect and report statistics about household accommodation and motor vehicles to ensure statistics about this topic are as comparable as possible across the Government Statistical Service (GSS).

Questions

This section provides guidance on the survey questions to use when collecting information about household accommodation and motor vehicles.

Basic question

To be asked to all households.

Is the household’s accommodation:

  1. a house or bungalow
  2. a self-contained flat, maisonette or apartment
  3. a room or rooms (e.g. bedsit or flatlet)
  4. other

Interviewer instructions

  • If the household occupies a flat in a converted house, record the response as category 2: a self-contained flat, maisonette or apartment.
  • For a household to be included in category 3, it has to share either a kitchen, bath or shower or WC with another household space.

Follow up questions

House or bungalow

If the response to the basic question is category 1: a house or bungalow, ask:

Is it:

  1. detached
  2. semi-detached
  3. terrace (including end-terrace)

Interviewer instructions

  • A semi-detached house is one of a pair which is joined together.
  • A house at the end of a terrace must be recorded as category 3 even if there are only three houses in the terrace.
  • Houses which are joined only by a garage (link-detached) should be recorded as detached.

Flat or maisonette

If the response to the basic question is category 2: a self-contained flat, maisonette or apartment, ask:

Is it:

  1. Purpose-built (including in a block or tenement or over shops)
  2. Part of a converted house
  3. Part of other converted building (e.g. former school, church or warehouse)
  4. In a commercial building (e.g. in an office building or hotel)

Other

If the response to the basic question is category 4: other, ask:

Is it:

  1. A caravan, mobile home or houseboat
  2. Some other kind of accommodation

Basic question

If speaking to the Household Reference Person, ask:

How long have you lived at this address?

  1. Less than 12 months
  2. 12 months but less than 2 years
  3. 2 years but less than 3 years
  4. 3 years but less than 5 years
  5. 5 years but less than 10 years
  6. 10 years or more

Follow up questions

10 years or more

If the response to the basic question is category 6: 10 years or more, ask:

Can I just check how long you have lived here?

  1. 10 years but less than 20 years
  2. 20 years but less than 30 years
  3. 30 years but less than 40 years
  4. 40 years or longer.

Interviewer instructions

  • Note that both questions relate to address rather than place. It may be possible that an individual is living at a different address from 12 months ago but is living in the same town and county.

Less than 12 months

If the response to the basic question is category 1: Less than 12 months, ask:

How many months have you lived here?

 

Presentation of outputs

This section provides guidance on how you should describe data collected about household accommodation.

This section provides guidance on how you should describe accommodation types when communicating the results of a survey.

Output categories

House or bungalow (total)

This total can be split into:

  • Detached
  • Semi detached
  • Terraced (includes end of terrace)

Flat or maisonette (total)

This total can be split into:

  • Purpose built
  • Non-purpose built

Other accommodation types including bedsits, caravans and mobile homes (total)

Please note

Most government social surveys are of the private household population, so no separate categories have been proposed for institutions.

In most cases a household’s accommodation is an entire dwelling so the type of dwelling will be the same as the type of accommodation. However, when two or more households are sharing a dwelling the type of dwelling will not be the same as the type of accommodation because they will refer to different physical spaces.

Output categories

Less than 12 months

12 months, less than 2 years

2 years, less than 3 years

3 years, less than 5 years

5 years, less than 10 years

10 years, less than 20 years

20 years, less than 30 years

30 years, less than 40 years

40 years or more

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