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Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS)

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  • Release date: 6 October 2016
  • Period covered: 31 March 2016
An annual report which includes information on the progress made by social landlords (local authorities and registered social landlords) in achieving the WHQS for all their stock.

Key points

  • The number of social housing dwellings that are compliant with the WHQS (including acceptable fails) continues to increase. At 31 March 2016, 79 per cent of social housing dwellings (177,219 dwellings) were compliant with the WHQS (including acceptable fails) compared to 72 per cent a year earlier.
  • Levels of WHQS compliance continue to be higher for registered social landlords (RSLs), with 96 per cent of RSL dwellings achieving WHQS compliance (including acceptable fails) at 31 March 2016 compared to 54 per cent of local authority dwellings.
  • At 31 March 2016, across all social housing, the most common reason given for an acceptable fail was ‘Timing of Remedy’ occurring in 49 per cent of compliant dwellings that contained at least one acceptable fail.
  • The two components that showed the highest percentage of WHQS compliance (including acceptable fails) at 31 March 2016 were ‘Mains powered smoke detectors’ and ‘Central heating Systems’ at 99 per cent and 98 per cent respectively.


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