Homeless households overtake first time buyers

More people in England were made homeless than bought their first home in the 12 months to the end of September.

It’s the first time that this has happened since records began, Generation Rent said.

A new analysis of UK government figures by the campaign group, which represents the interests of private renters, found that 126,100 households buying a home in the 12 months to 30 September 2023 claimed First Time Buyer Relief according to Stamp Duty Land Tax statistics. This was down from 264,400 in the preceding 12 months.

In the same period, 164,630 households were made homeless, being owed a homelessness relief duty from their council, according to statutory homelessness statistics. This was an increase from 148,110 in the 12 months to 30 September 2022.

The data reveals “a shift to a whole new level of horror” in the housing system, Generation Rent warned.

“Instead of helping people get on in life, the housing system is now hauling us backwards,” the group said.

“We believe the government must face down vested interests who are blocking progress and act more decisively to protect tenants from unfair evictions while building the homes we need to lead the lives we want.”