Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 26 – Accommodation status 1970 to 2000. This is a Band 9.0 (top score) model answer.
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The graph shows four areas of accommodation status in a major European city from 1970 to 2000.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.
The graph shows trends in a European city in four different types of accommodation position over a thirty-year period.
The most striking trend is the overall decline in the number of people having bought, or in the process of buying, their own property, falling by approximately 20,000 from 1970 to 1980, and then by around 15,000 by 1990. There was a slight recovery by 2000. There is an inverse relationship between this number and those represented by the category ‘other’, becoming more apparent after 1980.
A similar correlation can be observed between the number of tenants and the number of landlords, with nearly 50,000 tenants and just over 10,000 fewer landlords in 1980. From that point to 2000, both numbers declined, although the number of landlords fell at a marginally faster rate.
Overall, all categories of accommodation declined over the period, with the sharpest drop coming from those buying a property, with only a slight rise in the grouping referred to as other.
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