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Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS)

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  • Release date: 8 October 2015
  • Period covered: 31 March 2015
  • Next update: 6 October 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 2015, 72 per cent of social housing dwellings (159,317 dwellings) were compliant with the WHQS (including acceptable fails) compared to 67 per cent a year earlier.
  • Levels of WHQS compliance continue to be higher for registered social landlords (RSLs), with 87 per cent of RSL dwellings achieving WHQS compliance (including acceptable fails) at 31 March 2015 compared to 48 per cent of local authority dwellings.
  • The components that continued to show the highest level of WHQS compliance (including acceptable fails) for all social landlords were  ‘Mains powered smoke detectors’ and ’Windows’, whilst ‘Energy rating (SAP ≥ 65) ‘ and ‘Gardens and external storage’  had the lowest compliance at 31 March 2015.


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