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Welsh Housing Conditions Survey

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  • Release date: 2 October 2017
  • Next update: November 2018
The Welsh Housing Conditions Survey (WHCS) collects information about the condition and energy efficiency of all types of housing in Wales. This information will be used to inform government policies.

Output options from the Welsh Housing Conditions Survey 2017-18

From autumn 2018, we will be publishing the results of the Welsh Housing Conditions Survey 2017-18, and we would like your views on the outputs we should publish. Your contributions will help inform the format of our releases and the topics that we report on.

We would appreciate it if you could take the time to complete this short questionnaire. The closing date for replies is 16 March 2018.  If you would prefer to speak to a member of the team directly please do contact us on 0300 025 0357 or 0300 025 5514, or e-mail

Background to the survey

The first survey of housing conditions in Wales took place in 1967 and they have been conducted roughly every 5 years since. The last housing conditions survey in Wales was the Living in Wales Property Survey in 2008.

For the WHCS 2017-18 a sample of addresses will be drawn from eligible households taking part in the National Survey for Wales. This will result in physical inspections of around 2,500 properties across Wales. A sample of 2,500 properties will enable National level estimates.

The property inspections will be carried out by qualified surveyors, employed by the Building Research Establishment, who will perform a visual assessment of the interior and exterior of the property. The surveyor will also inspect the plot of the property and makes an assessment of the local neighbourhood.

Key information gathered in the Survey will allow measurement of energy efficiency, repair costs, the Welsh Housing Quality Standard, fuel poverty and the Housing Health and Safety Rating System.

Results from the Survey will be released from Autumn 2018.


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