L49: Flatlet Seniors

Ageing singles with basic income renting small flats in centrally located developments

Type of Vintage Value consisting of 1.06% of households and 0.69% of population

Who We Are

  • Aged 66+
  • Household income less than £15k
  • No children
  • Council/housing association flat
  • Low level of household technology

Key Features

  • Retired singles
  • Low value council/HA flats
  • 1 bedroom
  • No qualifications
  • Low discretionary income
  • Fuel and water poverty


Flatlet Seniors are older people who live alone in very small rented flats near town centres. Most are aged over sixty-five, though some are in their late fifties or early sixties. They may have moved in recent years to these properties suitable for elderly people on a small budget.

Many are now retired. Their working lives were spent in routine jobs that allowed them to pay the bills but didn’t provide much to spare for saving. Their current incomes are therefore very low, and the state pension and benefits may be the only income they receive. Limited budgets mean they look for cheaper products to keep their shopping bill down. They may take out loans with retailers to buy larger items when needed.

Their compact homes usually have one bedroom and were built in the latter half of the twentieth century as affordable housing for older residents. More than two-thirds are rented from local authorities or housing associations, others are privately rented. Property values and rents are low. They are often part of small developments in central locations within cities and towns. Residents have the opportunity to walk to local shops or can take the bus to shopping centres further away.

They have a lower than average use of the internet and some are not confident with computers. Popular newspapers are bought regularly, and they like to watch television.