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Welsh Housing Conditions Survey

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  • Release date: 2 October 2017
The Welsh Housing Conditions Survey (WHCS) collects information about the condition and energy efficiency of all types of housing in Wales. This information will be used to inform government policies.

The first survey of housing conditions in Wales took place in 1967 and they have been conducted roughly every 5 years since. The last housing conditions survey in Wales was the Living in Wales Property Survey in 2008.

For the WHCS 2017-18 a sample of addresses will be drawn from eligible households taking part in the National Survey for Wales. This will result in physical inspections of around 2,500 properties across Wales. A sample of 2,500 properties will enable National level estimates.

The property inspections will be carried out by qualified surveyors, employed by the Building Research Establishment, who will perform a visual assessment of the interior and exterior of the property. The surveyor will also inspect the plot of the property and makes an assessment of the local neighbourhood.

Key information gathered in the Survey will allow measurement of energy efficiency, repair costs, the Welsh Housing Quality Standard, fuel poverty and the Housing Health and Safety Rating System.

Results from the Survey will be released from Autumn 2018.


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