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National House Condition Survey, 1971

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SN: 636
Title: National House Condition Survey, 1971
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-636-1
Series: English Housing Survey [English House Condition Surveys, 1967-2007]
Depositor: Public Record Office
Principal investigator(s): Department of the Environment


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Department of the Environment. National House Condition Survey, 1971. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 636,

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The English House Condition Survey (EHCS) was a national survey of housing in England, commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The survey was originally called the National House Condition Survey and covered England and Wales. The information obtained through the survey provides an accurate picture of the type, condition and energy efficiency of housing in England, the people living there, and their views on housing and their neighbourhoods. The survey covers all tenure types.

The EHCS ran quinquennially from 1967-2001. From 2002, the survey moved to a continuous basis and the data were provided as a two-year rolling sample of approximately 16,000 cases (i.e. the data for 2003 cover information collected from April 2002 to March 2004, data for 2004 comprise information collected from April 2003 to March 2005). From April 2008, the EHCS merged with the Survey of English Housing (SEH) (available at the UK Data Archive under GN 33277) to form the English Housing Survey (EHS) (available at the Archive under GN 33422).

Further information can be found on the English House Condition Survey and English Housing Survey web pages.
The aim of the 1971 survey was to obtain data on various aspects of the physical condition of the permanent housing stock of England and Wales in order to compare house conditions in 1967 and 1971.
Main Topics:
Variables include tenure and age of dwelling, whether multi-occupied, number of rooms, amenities (whether shared), standard of heating, repair costs. General fitness of dwelling (under section 4 of the 1957 Housing Act). Car space available, whether dwellings front on to roads. For pre-1919 terrace houses, frontage and front/back garden length were also included.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: September 1971
Country: England and Wales
Spatial units: Counties
Local Authority Districts
Observation units: Dwellings
Universe: National
Permanent dwellings in local authorities of England and Wales
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Local authorities were stratified according to region and degree of urbanisation, then ranked in order of the proportion of domestic property with rateable values over £100. Sampling with probability proportionate to population
Number of units: 6,215 (target) 5,813 (obtained)
Method of data collection: Observation; Physical measurements
Weighting: No weighting used

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 01 January 1976
Copyright: Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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User Guide 0636userguide.pdf 414
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_636_Information.htm 6


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By principal investigator(s):
Department of the Environment (1971) House condition survey 1971 England and Wales, Housing Survey Reports No 9.
Links to online publications associated with the survey can be found on the DCLG EHCS Reports web page.

Resulting from secondary analysis:
Viggers, H., Keall, M., Wickens,K. and Howden-Chapman,P. (2017) 'Increased house size can cancel out the effect of improved insulation on overall heating energy requirements', Energy Policy, 107, pp.248-257. ISSN 0301-4215. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2017.04.045. Retrieved August 10th 2017, from


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