Housing Tenure in Northern Ireland

This inBrief examines how housing tenure in Northern Ireland has changed over the last number of decades and how it has affected particular age groups.


Housing tenure had been shifting away from public and social rental towards mortgaged ownership up until 1990. Since then private rental and outright ownership have increased significantly. These shifts in tenure have not been experienced equally by all age groups.


Younger age cohorts have seen the largest falls in mortgaged ownership and outright ownership, and the largest increases in private rental. The two older age cohorts saw the largest increase in outright ownership while the decline in public and social renting has been experienced more equally by all age cohorts.

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