Safe as Houses: Housing Inheritance in Britain

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The forty years since the war have seen a revolution in housing tenure in Britain. In 1945 almost two-thirds of households rented their accommodation from private landlords. Only a quarter owned their own homes. By 1987 almost two-thirds of households owned or were buying their own homes. Since 1960 the number of home owners has more than doubled to 14 million, and Britain has changed from a nation of tenants to a nation of home owners.

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Overview

The forty years since the war have seen a revolution in housing tenure in Britain. In 1945 almost two-thirds of households rented their accommodation from private landlords. Only a quarter owned their own homes. By 1987 almost two-thirds of households owned or were buying their own homes. Since 1960 the number of home owners has more than doubled to 14 million, and Britain has changed from a nation of tenants to a nation of home owners.

The expansion of home ownership and rapid house price inflation have together led to dramatic changes in the role of owner occupied housing in the composition, distribution and inheritance of wealth in Britain. This book explores these changes and some of their important economic and social consequences. The authors provide unique data on housing inheritance, based on an ESRC and Housing Research Foundation-funded project, carried out at The Open University and the University of Wales College of Cardiff. They provide details of the occupational, income and demographic background of beneficiaries, of the use to which housing wealth has been put, and the impact of housing inheritance on the housing market. The authors also explore issues such as bequesting behaviour, the role of taxation in regulating the effects of inheritance, and the extent to which the rapid growth of home ownership and house price inflation makes Britain unique amongst Western countries.

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'Makes a very useful contribution to the debate on the impact of housing inheritance by providing important evidence on how beneficiaries have behaved in the past and a well balanced discussion of factors, influencing the future scene' - The Journal of the Chartered Building Society Instiitute
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853961052
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Series: Housing Series
  • Pages: 184

Meet the Author

Peter Williams is from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
House Prices and House-Price Inflation
Housing, Wealth and Equity Extraction
Demographic Trends and Future Housing Inheritance
Patterns of Bequeathing
A Nation of Inheritors?
Housing Inheritance
Uses and Impacts
Beneficiaries of Inherited Wealth
Case Studies
Inheritance and Taxation
The Future of Housing Inheritance

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