What does social housing mean?

Council block to illustrate that the Decent Homes Standard currently only applies to social housing in the UK

Social housing is a term used in the UK to describe lower-cost rented housing provided by landlords registered with the social housing regulator. They are known as social landlords, and can be a council or a housing association.

According to the English Housing Survey, 17% of the housing in England is social housing.

The social housing sector is slightly smaller than separate to the private rented sector, where housing is provided by private landlords, and provides 19% of the housing in England.

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