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We have introduced a new policy for social housing rents which provides a legislative and policy framework and applies to social landlords in Wales.

The new policy framework will, subject to local authorities exiting from Housing Revenue Account Subsidy, apply to all social landlords. It will consistently reflect variations in the type size, quality and location of each landlord’s housing stock.

The term 'social landlords' means the eleven local authorities that have retained their housing stock and Registered Social Landlords, which are more commonly known as 'Housing Associations'.

The policy for social housing rents applies to the following:

  • all social landlords that have 100 or more dwellings
  • general needs housing
  • sheltered housing.

The following types of housing are exempt from the rent policy:

  • extra care housing
  • supported housing
  • intermediate rent housing
  • market rent housing
  • other specialised forms of provision.

Each social landlord is responsible for setting the rents for individual properties and tenants. Where an existing or future tenant has any queries or concerns regarding the rent for a property, they will need to contact their landlord directly.

Each year we will introduce new rent policy tables, which will supersede previous years.