Almost two million British adults have stayed with a partner they are not happy with in order to remain a homeowner.
This figure came from a recent study, which also suggested that around seven per cent of UK adults will be in an unhappy relationship for this reason. Additionally, 11 per cent of Britons who do not yet own homes admitted they would make such a sacrifice to have their own house.
The survey was carried out by Optimum Research earlier this summer. They found that 1.8 million people had stayed with a partner in order to pay for the mortgage or a deposit. Of those, 44 per cent remained in their relationship for at least a year longer than they would have if there were no financial considerations. A further 15 per cent stayed for more than two years and 40 per cent said they were still with that partner now.
David Hollingworth of L&C Mortgages said these findings were “indicative of the struggle people face when buying their first home”. British people place “a great deal of importance on owning our own home” he continued, “but it isn’t right that people are sacrificing their emotional wellbeing in order to focus on financial stability”.
In September, official figures revealed that the number of unhappy relationships in the UK has doubled in the last five years. In the ONS’ annual wellbeing survey, as many as one million Britons claimed they were “extremely unhappy” with their current partner. Meanwhile the number of those who said their relationship was “perfect” dropped dramatically between 2010 and 2014.
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