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Dwelling stock estimates

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  • Release date: 26 April 2018
  • Period covered: 2016-17
  • Next update: 18 April 2019
An annual report which presents Information by tenure and local authority.

Dwelling estimates are based on data from the population censuses updated annually to take account of new house building and demolitions. The tenure breakdown is estimated from the 2011 Census, the Annual Population Survey, local authority and registered social landlord returns.

Key points

  • The total number of dwellings in Wales continues to grow steadily with an estimated 1.4 million dwellings at 31 March 2017. This represents an increase of 6 per cent over the last 10 years.
  • The estimated number of private sector dwellings has increased steadily over the last ten years. This was mainly due to an increase in the number of privately rented dwellings. The private sector accounted for 84 per cent of all dwellings in 2017 and 14 per cent of all dwellings were privately rented.
  • The percentage of dwellings which are owner occupied has fallen over recent years. However, they continue to represent the majority of all dwellings in Wales, accounting for 70 per cent in 2017.
  • In 2017, social sector dwellings accounted for 16 per cent of all dwellings. The proportion of dwellings rented from local authorities has decreased from 11 per cent in 2007 to 6 per cent in 2017. The proportion of all dwellings rented from Registered Social Landlords has increased from 5 to 10 percent over the same period.


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