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Social housing stock and rents

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  • Release date: 10 August 2016
  • Period covered: Stock for 2015-16 and rents for 2016-17
  • Next update: 9 August 2017
An annual report which includes information on the number of dwellings, bedsits and bedspaces owned or partly owned by local authorities and registered social landlords.

Key points

  • There continued to be a slight increase in socially rented housing stock, with 227,347 social landlord dwellings, bedsits and bedspaces (i.e. housing units) in Wales, at 31 March 2016.
  • At 31 March 2016, Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) continued to own the majority (62 per cent) of all social rented housing stock and owned all social housing in half of the authorities across Wales.
  • Since 2003-04, rent levels of self-contained social rented housing has increased across all property types. Over the last year, the highest percentage increase in weekly rents has been for local authority self-contained properties, which were up by around £2.71 per week compared with the previous year.
  • Local authority rent levels for self-contained general needs housing remained below those of the RSLs, though the gap decreased slightly, with the overall average local authority rent of £82.53 per week for 2016-17, compared to £83.97 for RSLs.


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