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In 2019, housing costs an average constituted EUR 151 monthly

Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2019 housing costs on average constituted EUR 151 per household monthly, which is one euro more than a year ago. Share of housing costs in the total household expenditure keeps declining – last year households spent on average 12.2 % of their disposable income on housing costs (13.4 % in 2018).

 

Monthly housing costs and share thereof in household disposable income in 2012–2019

Housing costs

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

on average per household, EUR

127

134

136

142

140

138

150

151

on average per household member, EUR

53

55

57

59

58

59

65

67

share in household disposable income*, %

17.2

17.3

16.1

15.2

14.0

13.5

13.4

12.2

Highest housing costs in Pierīga and lowest in Latgale

Households living in Pierīga spent on average EUR 185 monthly on housing, while in Riga those were EUR 172. In other regions these costs were lower: EUR 139 in Zemgale, EUR 132 in Kurzeme, EUR 121 in Vidzeme and EUR 104 in Latgale. Housing costs cover the average expenditure on housing during both summer season with lower and heating season with higher costs.

The national average costs in households renting accommodation (from individuals, local governments, etc.) constituted on average EUR 182 monthly, whereas in Riga those were EUR 260 monthly.

Monthly housing costs by region; 2012–2019
(EUR)

Monthly housing costs by region; 2012–2019

Single elderly spent one fifth of their income on housing

On average one household spends 12.2 % of their income on housing. Housing costs imposed the heaviest financial burden on single elderly population (aged 65 and over) – they spent 22.2 % of their disposable income on housing. Housing costs in households consisting of one adult with children constituted 19.4 % of their disposable income, whereas single people aged 16–64 spent 18.7 %.

In households consisting of a couple housing costs varied between 10.1 % among those having one child and 11.7 % among those with two children. Couples without children spent 11.0 % of their disposable income on housing.

Average housing costs by household type and size, 2019

Household type

Monthly housing costs, EUR

Share of housing costs in disposable income, %

Average number of household members

ALL HOUSEHOLDS

151

12.2

2.3

Single person aged 16–64

131

18.7

1.0

Single person aged 65 and over

93

22.2

1.0

One adult with children

194

19.4

2.3

Couple without children

143

11.0

2.0

Couple with one child

191

10.1

3.0

Couple with two children

250

11.7

4.0

Couple with three and more children

226

11.5

5.3

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

 

Share of people admitting that housing costs impose a heavy burden has dropped to 22 %

In 2019, 22.0 % of households admitted that housing costs impose a heavy burden, which is 6 percentage points less than in 2018 (28.2 %). At the same time, the share of households admitting that housing costs are somewhat a burden has risen (from 47.6 % in 2018 to 48.7 % in 2019), as has the share of those admitting that housing costs was not burden at all (from 24.4 % in 2018 to 29.3 % in 2019).

Last year, the largest share of households admitting that housing costs are a heavy burden was observed in Zemgale region – almost one third or 29.7 %, whereas the smallest share of such households was registered in Riga – 16.7 %.

The greatest difficulties to cover housing costs were observed in households consisting of single person aged over 65 and single-parent families (one adult with children). Housing costs imposed a heavy burden to 39.0 % of single elderly people (aged 65 and over) and 33.0 % of single-parent families. Among large families (couples with three and more children), 20.9 % admitted that housing costs impose a heavy burden, which is notably higher share, compared to the couples with one child (9.8 %) and couples with two children (9.6 %).

Single-parent families constitute majority of those in arrears for public utilities, whereas single elderly comprise the smallest share

In 2019, 8.6 % of the households due to the financial difficulties have been in arrears during the last 12 months. The greatest share of such households was recorded among single-parent families (17.0 %), households consisting of single person aged 64 and under (13.7 %), as well as couples with three and more children (11.2 %). The smallest share of such households, in turn, was observed among households consisting of single persons aged 65 and over (6.5 %) and couples without children (6.0 %).

Housing cost burden in different types of households, 2019
(as per cent)

Graphs - Housing cost burden in different types of households, 2019

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. 

Methodological explanations

1 Utilities 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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Viktors Veretjanovs
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