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Definition

Rent paid by households is the total weekly monetary amount spent by the household on obtaining shelter in a private dwelling.

Ideally the weekly rent paid should exclude payments for the use of furniture and utilities such as electricity, gas and water and for the provision of special services like washing, cooking etc. However due to operational difficulties mentioned in the operational issues section below, this standard makes no distinction between rent paid for a furnished or unfurnished dwelling.

Private dwelling and household are supporting concepts and are defined in the under the heading Glossary and references.

Operational issues

Payments for the use of furniture and utilities such as electricity, gas and water should ideally be excluded. This may not be operationally possible as payments for the use of furniture and water charges are often included in the total rent paid and the respondent will not be aware of the proportion paid, therefore, the amount specified may or may not include payments for the use of furniture and/or utilities.

Weekly rent paid by the household is collected from the dwelling occupied by the respondent on the night of the census or at the time of the survey.

Explanatory notes

Furnished/unfurnished

The United Nations recommend that payments for the use of furniture, for utilities such as electricity, gas and water and for the provision of special services like washing, cooking, etc should be excluded from the amount paid for rent. While some surveys ask the respondent to specify if the rental amount stated is for a furnished or unfurnished dwelling, others do not make that distinction, for example the Census of Population and Dwellings will not ask if the dwelling is furnished or unfurnished as the quality of the data is deemed to be questionable, due to confusion over the definition of what constitutes a furnished rental dwelling and the limitations of a self administered questionnaire. This standard makes no distinction between weekly rent paid by households for an unfurnished or furnished dwelling.

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