It seems statistics count the percentage of people rather than the percentage of homes when calculating how many people rent or own. This then includes people like lodgers or, say three people sharing a mortgaged home as “home owners”. On that data the percentage of home ownership is said to be about 64%, renting 36%.
When you do it by HOUSEHOLD then the percentage drops to about 51%, with 49% renting.
“… The Resolution Foundation said conventional housing data, as measured by the ONS, missed 5.8 million families or individuals who lived in somebody else’s home. The vast majority of these (eight in 10) were adult children returning to live with their parents, it said.
The same think tank reported in August that major English cities – particularly Manchester – had seen the sharpest falls in home ownership since a peak in the early 2000s.”