In 2017, average housing costs amounted to EUR 138 monthly

05.03.2018

Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2017 housing costs constituted EUR 138 monthly. Over the last two years, housing costs almost have not changed. Last year, households spent on average 13.5 % of their disposable income on housing.

Households living in Riga spent on average EUR 164 monthly on housing, while in regions these costs were lower: EUR 158 in Pierīga, EUR 130 in Zemgale, EUR 116 in Kurzeme, EUR 108 in Vidzeme and EUR 99 monthly in Latgale (average monthly housing costs refer to theaverage expenditure on housing during all seasons, including summer season with lowest and winter (heating) season with the highest costs).

Monthly housing costs of households by region; 2011–2017
(EUR)

* Households renting accommodation at market price, for reduced or administratively regulated rent (rental house owned by municipality, social house, a dwelling leased by a relative or acquaintance for a reduced rent, etc.).

Monthly housing costs and share thereof in household disposable income; 2011–2017 

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

  On average per household, EUR

126

127

134

136

142

140

138

  On average per household member, EUR

51

52

55

57

59

58

59

  Share in household disposable income*, %

17.9

17.2

17.3

16.1

15.2

14.0

13.5

*Housing costs in the reference period are compared with the household disposable income in the previous period.

 

In households consisting of couple with three or more children housing costs constituted 12.8 % of the disposable income thereof and those of couple with two children – 13.2 %. In households consisting of one adult with children housing costs took 21.7 % of the household disposable income. Single persons aged under 64 spent 20.3 % of their disposable income on housing costs, whereas single elderly (aged over 65) spent notably higher share – 25.5 %.

 

Household average housing costs by household type and size, 2017

Household type

Monthly housing costs, EUR

Share of housing costs in disposable income, %

Average number of household members

All households

138

13.5

2.3

one adult with children

165

21.7

2.4

couple without children

133

12.6

2.0

couple with children

198

13.0

3.7

couple with one child

190

12.8

3.0

couple with two children

205

13.2

4.0

couple with three and more children

208

12.8

5.3

single person aged 65 and over

90

25.5

1.0

single person (aged under 65)

117

20.3

1.0

 

In 2017, only 20.2 % of households admitted that housing costs are not a burden at all, and in 46.9 % of households it was somewhat a burden (50.1 % in 2016), however, in 32.9 % of households it was a heavy burden (30.5 % in 2016).

Last year, the largest share of households admitting that housing costs are a heavy burden was observed in Zemgale region – 45.2 %. The lowest share of such households was recorded in Kurzeme and Riga – 22.4 % and 28.6 %, respectively.

The data show that housing costs imposed heavy burden in households consisting of single person aged over 65, single-parent families (one adult with children) and large families (couple with three or more children). Housing costs imposed heavy burden to almost half (49.7 %) of the households consisting of single elderly (aged over 65), to 38.6 % of single-parent families and 36.1 % of large families. The smallest share households admitting that housing costs impose a heavy burden was observed among those consisting of couple with one child (13.8 %) and couple with two children (22.8 %).

In 2017, 11.4 % of households have been in arrears during the last 12 months due to the financial difficulties. The greatest share of such households was recorded among single-parent families (24.7 %), couples with two children (16.6 %), and households consisting of single person aged under 64 (15.9 %). The smallest share of households that have been in arrears during the last 12 months due to the financial difficulties was observed among couples without children (6.7 %) and households consisting of single person aged over 65 (6.8 %).

Housing cost burden in different types of households, 2017

 

The housing costs include heating, electricity, water supply and sewerage, waste disposal, other housing payments; costs of current repairs and regular maintenance; real estate tax (only for owners); rent (only for tenants); mortgage, dwelling (not property) insurance costs (if any), etc. Expenses covered by household to provide extra comfort (e.g. payments for cable TV, telephone bills, etc.) are not included.

 

More information on housing conditions is available in CSB database section Personal Income and Monetary Poverty and Income Inequality. Latest statistics is available in the CSB database section Housing Conditions.

 

Methodological explanations

1Utilities include payments for water, gas, electricity, heat and waste disposal. Expenses of the household covered to provide extra comfort (e.g. payments for cable TV, telephone bills, etc.) are not included.

 

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