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Definition: Housing problems

Social statistics

Data on a number of housing problems can be obtained from the European Community Household Panel: shortage of space ; noise from neighbours or outside ; too dark ; lack of adequate heating facilities ; leaky roof ; damp walls, floors, foundation etc ; rot in window frames or floors ; pollution, grime or other environmental problems caused by traffic or industry ; vandalism or crime in the area. One of the most common indicators is the percentage of households that report three or more of these problems.
Eurostat, "European Community Household Panel (ECHP) - Selected indicators from the 1995 wave", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1999