Housing has long been a hot political topic, and ahead of next week's budget Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, made a speech suggesting the Government might be about to make a move to combat the UK's short supply of homes.
Mr Javid hit out at home owners who have paid off their own mortgages and suggested that they should not be allowed to get in the way of the construction of homes for a younger generation "crying out for help with housing".
The extent of the changes in the trends of property ownership and conditions over the past two generations was revealed earlier this week in a report looking back over half a century of the English Housing Survey (EHS).
From outside loos to loft conversions
The EHS has always kept track of the standard of England's housing stock, but the criteria which they have used to assess it has changed over time.
In 1967 the survey focused on things that we would take for granted in a modern home: dwellings were assessed on whether they had a bath or shower, an indoor toilet, a wash hand basin, and hot and cold water at three points.