Monthly hous­ing cost in Latvia – EUR 140 in 2016

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In 2016, monthly hous­ing costs in Lat­vian house­holds on av­er­age amounted to 140 eu­ros, which is 1.6 % less than in 2015. House­holds liv­ing in Riga on their dwelling spent on av­er­age 167 eu­ros monthly, while in re­gions th­ese costs were lower – 157 eu­ros in Pierīga, 144 eu­ros in Zem­gale, 111 eu­ros in Kurzeme, 110 eu­ros in Vidzeme and 99 eu­ros in Lat­gale. In 2016, hous­ing costs com­prised 14 % of the house­hold dis­pos­able in­come.

In 2016, cou­ples with chil­dren on their hous­ing pent on av­er­age 216 eu­ros monthly; hous­ing costs in th­ese house­holds amounted to 14.4 % of the dis­pos­able in­come. Hous­ing costs in house­holds con­sist­ing of one adult with mi­nor chil­dren amounted to 162 eu­ros monthly and con­sti­tuted 23 % of the dis­pos­able in­come.

No­tably smaller amounts on dwelling were spent by the sin­gle per­son house­holds. Hous­ing costs in house­holds con­sist­ing of one per­son (aged un­der 64) on av­er­age amounted to 121 eu­ros monthly and com­prised 20.6 % of the dis­pos­able in­come. House­holds of sin­gle el­derly pop­u­la­tion (aged over 65) on their hous­ing spent 89 eu­ros monthly, their hous­ing costs con­sti­tuted sig­nif­i­cantly larger share of the dis­pos­able in­come – 27.6 %, ac­cord­ing to data from the Cen­tral Sta­tis­ti­cal Bureau of Latvia. Nev­er­the­less dur­ing the re­cent years the pro­por­tion of hous­ing costs in the house­hold dis­pos­able in­come has been re­duc­ing, in 2016 al­most one third (30.5 %) of the house­holds ad­mit­ted that hous­ing costs im­pose a heavy bur­den.

The great­est dif­fi­cul­ties are faced by the house­holds con­sist­ing of one per­son aged over 65, sin­gle par­ent fam­i­lies (one adult with mi­nor chil­dren) and large fam­i­lies (cou­ple with three or more mi­nor chil­dren). For al­most half (47.5 %) of the sin­gle el­derly per­sons (aged over 65), 43.6 % of sin­gle par­ent fam­i­lies and 40.3 % of large fam­i­lies hous­ing costs im­pose a heavy bur­den.

The small­est share of house­holds say­ing that hous­ing costs place a heavy bur­den was ob­served among those con­sist­ing of cou­ple with one mi­nor child and cou­ple with two mi­nor chil­dren – 15.3 % and 18.9 %, re­spec­tively.

In 2016, 10.5 % of Lat­vian house­holds had been in ar­rears with the util­ity bills dur­ing the last 12 months (15.5 % in 2015). Re­gard­less of the dif­fi­culty to cover hous­ing costs, the small­est share of house­holds in ar­rears with util­ity bills was recorded amongst those con­sist­ing of sin­gle el­derly per­sons (aged over 65) – 9 %. Still the great­est share of util­ity bill ar­rears was recorded in house­holds con­sist­ing of one adult with mi­nor chil­dren (25.6 % in 2016, 32.8 % in 2015) and cou­ple with three or more mi­nor chil­dren (24.8 % in 2016, 28.2 % in 2015).

In re­spect to the prob­lems in dwelling, 21.6 % of the house­holds men­tioned that have leak­ing roof, damp walls/floors/foun­da­tion, or rot in win­dow frames or floor, 17.1 % were wor­ried about pol­lu­tion, grime or other en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems in area, 14 % were trou­bled by the noise from neigh­bours or noise from the street.

Com­par­a­tively smaller share of house­holds was wor­ried about crime, vi­o­lence or van­dal­ism in the area (10.4 %) and ad­mit­ted that it is too dark, not enough light (8.3 %). The great­est pro­por­tion of the house­holds, which were trou­bled by the pol­lu­tion, grime or other en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems in area (28.5 %), com­plain­ing about leak­ing roof, damp walls/floors/foun­da­tion, or rot in win­dow frames or floor (26 %) and ad­mit­ting that it is too dark, not enough light (11.5 %), con­sisted of cou­ple with three and more mi­nor chil­dren. Sin­gle par­ent fam­i­lies and house­holds of sin­gle el­derly per­sons (aged over 65), in turn, more of­ten were wor­ried about noise from neigh­bours or noise from the street – 18.1 % and 16.7 %, re­spec­tively.

Pan­therMe­dia/SCANPIX

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