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• 29% of parents think their home is too small for their family to live in comfortably
• 14% of those expecting to become a parent within the next few months are still living in unsuitable homes

31st January 2012: Nearly a quarter (24%) of children living in British homes are forced to share a bedroom, rising again to 38% for younger families and 35% for those living in London, according to new figures¹ from property website

According to the findings, 29% of parents think their current home is too small to accommodate the size of their family, rising to 40% for younger families where parents are aged 18 – 34. has released these findings to coincide with the launch of its new TV advertisements, the first of which uses a rapping dad-to-be to highlight the issue of household overcrowding for expectant parents. To find out more and to watch the first two ads go to

The study also suggests that just under a million people in the UK are expecting to become a parent within the next few months, and roughly 14% of these are still living in homes that are too small to accommodate their new arrival.

Samantha Baden, property analyst at commented: “With the average cost of a three bedroom home in the UK now in the region of £193,000, affordability remains a key issue for families. Very few families can afford to buy or rent a property that meets their exact size and location requirements, and as a result, they are often forced to compromise on one or the other.

“These findings reinforce the importance of investing quality time in the search for a home that meets the needs of the family both now and in the future.”


Notes to Editors

1) Based on omnibus research amongst 2003 British adults, conducted January 16th, 2012

About is a leading property website with a comprehensive search facility for house hunters looking for property to buy or rent.

The site also holds independent editorial on the housing market, as well as guides to different aspects of the buying, selling and renting processes. These contain local information about council tax rates, school tables, crime rates, comments from local residents and photo albums, giving a general feel for an area.

Launched in 1997, now publishes the details of just under a million properties from over 12,900 agents, attracting 5 million unique visitors and generating 85 million page impressions a month. has tools to make home hunting easier including the ability to add notes to properties of interest, check out distances from properties to key places, and search recent property sold prices. is recognised as a leading source of consistent and reliable UK housing market data. is part of the Digital Property Group, a division of A&N Media.

For further information:
Katie Pugh
Citigate Dewe Rogerson
0207 282 2914

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