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Social housing vacancies, lettings and arrears

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  • Release date: 28 March 2018
  • Period covered: 2016-17
An annual report including information on the number of housing units that were empty (vacancies) at 31 March 2017. It covers the number of housing units rented to tenants (lettings) during 2016-17 and tenancies in rent arrears at 31 March 2017

Interim revision

Following a recent query relating to rent arrears data, we believe that the data provided to us on rent arrears by some social landlords may be inconsistent. We are currently working with data providers to understand these inconsistencies, and to collect revised, consistent data. Whilst these investigations take place, we have decided to temporarily remove the existing rent arrears data tables from StatsWales, and to remove the sections on Rent Arrears from within the Social Housing Vacancies, Lettings and Rent Arrears statistical release.

Key points

  • Both the number and proportion of vacant social housing stock decreased during 2016-17. At 31st March 2017, 4,057 social housing units were vacant, down by 7 per cent on 2015-16. It represented 1.8 per cent of all social housing stock compared with 1.9 per cent the previous year.
  • The number of new lettings of social housing stock increased by 3 per cent to 22,836. The majority of these (63 per cent) were via housing waiting lists. A further 23 per cent were via transfers and exchanges and 15 per cent were priority lettings to homeless households.


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