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Social landlord housing stock and rents

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  • Release date: 8 August 2018
  • Period covered: Stock for 2017-18 and rents for 2018-19
  • Next update: 8 August 2019
An annual report on the number of housing units owned or partly owned and managed by all social landlords in Wales. 

This includes the 11 local authorities who retain stock and all Registered Social Landlords (RSLs). It will cover social and non social housing.

Key points


  • There continued to be a slight increase (1 per cent) in social housing in Wales. There were 230,044 social housing units at 31 March 2018 compared with 228,805(r) a year earlier.
  • Of these 230,044 social housing units, RSLs owned 62 per cent and local authorities owned the remaining 38 per cent.
  • At 31 March 2018, a further 15,296 other non social housing units were owned or partly owned by social landlords. Of these 99 per cent were owned by RSLs.


  • The average weekly rents set by local authorities at 1 April 2018 for 2018-19 for all self-contained social housing (including general needs, sheltered, other supported and extra care housing) was £89.35. This is an increase of 6 per cent compared to the previous year.
  • The corresponding average weekly rent set by RSLs for 2018-19 was £91.16. This is an increase of 5 per cent compared to the previous year.
  • The gap between local authority and RSL average weekly rent levels has been generally closing in recent years.


(r) 2016-17 data has been revised since previously published.


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