Data on the amount of housing units that were empty, housing units rented to tenants and social housing tenants who were in rent arrears April 2016 to March 2017.
- 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% on 2015-16. It represented 1.8% of all social housing stock compared with 1.9% the previous year.
- The number of new lettings of social housing stock increased by 3% to 22,836. The majority of these (63%) were via housing waiting lists. A further 23% were via transfers and exchanges and 15% were priority lettings to homeless households.
- Both the number and proportion of social housing tenancies in rent arrears decreased during 2016-17. At 31 March 2017, there were 70,452 tenancies in arrears, accounting for 31% of all social housing tenancies. Around 2% of tenancies had been in rent arrears for 13 weeks or more.
Social housing vacancies, lettings and arrears, April 2016 to March 2017 - Revised
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