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Eighty-three Percent of Taipei City Residents Live in Self-owned Houses, of Which Seventy-nine Percent of the Property Age Older Than Thirty Years

In order to understand the public opinions on housing issues such as social housing, rental housing, urban renewal and house taxation, Taipei City Government conducted a public opinion survey from July 25 to 29 of 2022.

According to the survey, among all 1,244 interviewees living in Taipei City, 83% lived in their own or their relative’s house, and 13% were renters.  When asked about their satisfaction with the city government's solutions on solving housing issues, 29% were satisfied, 32% were dissatisfied, and 39% had no opinion or did not know.  Compared with the previous survey conducted in February 2018, the satisfaction rate had a 5 percentage points increase.  Among the 394 respondents who expressed dissatisfaction, “housing price/land price too high” (42%) and “housing problem still not being solved” (31%) were the top two dissatisfied items among all the respondents.

In the section on "social housing", 42% of all the respondents said they were satisfied with the performance of the city government in promoting social housing, while 26% were dissatisfied, 32% had no opinion or did not know.  Also, there were 12% of the respondents who had social housing needs.  As for "rental housing" related issues, the awareness of social housing subleasing and management policy had increased by 11 percentage point to 41%, compared with the last survey done in February 2018.  When asked about whether or not to list their rent deductions in the tax returns, among 155 renters living in the city participated in this survey, 21% said yes and 66% said no.  “Landlord did not agree to file" was the main reason for not listing the deductions accounted for 33% of the 102 respondents.

In regard to the topic of “private house renewal and housing taxations”, among the 1,082 interviewees living in their own or a relative’s house, 79% lived in houses with the property age older than 30 years.  62% of all respondents knew about the reconstruction of urban unsafe and old buildings policy.  When further asked 494 people who knew the policy and lived in old houses but did not apply for reconstruction, in the case of without prompted options and multiple choices up to 3, “feeling that it was too much troublesome to communicate with other residents” (51%), and "feeling that there was no need to renovate or rebuild the current house" (31%) were the two main reasons not applying for reconstruction.  As for the policy of "adding elevators to old buildings", "promoting the renovation of the squatter built before 1994 as the prioritized demolition" and “self-occupied with tax relief and multi-house tax”, the awareness among all the respondents were 45%, 31%, and 60%.

【Background Information of the Survey】

This household telephone survey was conducted in the evenings between July 25 and 29 of 2022 and successfully interviewed 1,244 people who were Taipei City residents and aged 18 and above while 1,826 people refused to participate.  The margin of sampling error was under ±2.78 percent at the 95% confidence interval.  The telephone numbers were selected based on Taipei City residential numbers by replacing the last two digits chosen at random as a random digit dialing sample. The responses were weighted by gender, age, and household registration location.