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Social housing vacancies, lettings and arrears

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  • Release date: 11 July 2018
  • Period covered: 2016-17
  • Next update: 6 March 2019
An annual report including information on the number of housing units that were empty (vacancies) at 31 March 2017. It covers the number of housing units rented to tenants (lettings) during 2016-17 and tenancies in rent arrears at 31 March 2017

Revision note

This release has been revised following receipt of revised figures for social housing tenancies in arrears at 31 March 2017 and earlier years from a number of social landlords.

Key points

  • 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 per cent on 2015-16. It represented 1.8 per cent of all social housing stock compared with 1.9 per cent the previous year.
  • The number of new lettings of social housing stock increased by 3 per cent to 22,836. The majority of these (63 per cent) were via housing waiting lists. A further 23 per cent were via transfers and exchanges and 15 per cent were priority lettings to homeless households.
  • Both the number and proportion of social housing tenancies in rent arrears decreased(r) during 2016-17. At 31 March 2017, there were 70,452(r) tenancies in arrears, accounting for 31 per cent(r) of all social housing tenancies. Around 2 per cent(r) of tenancies had been in rent arrears for 13 weeks or more.
(r) Revised on 11 July 2018


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