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Social housing rents in Wales

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  • Release date: 1 February 2005
Data for the research was provided by every Welsh local authority, and by the 33 largest housing associations.

The purpose of the research was to:

  • assemble the facts on the actual rents and service charges made by social housing landlords (local authorities and housing associations)
  • identify and compare the rent setting policies of social landlords and the extent to which variations in rents reflect variations in property attributes (e.g. the number of bedrooms, or the presence of central heating), quality (e.g. the state of repair or modernisation) and location
  • compare rents in the social housing sector with local house prices and private sector rents
  • investigate the relationship between rents, the costs of heating homes to an adequate standard, and ‘fuel poverty’.
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