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Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS)

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  • Release date: 4 October 2018
  • Period covered: 31 March 2018
An annual report which includes information on the progress made by social landlords (local authorities and registered social landlords) in achieving the WHQS for all their stock.

Key points

  • The number of social housing dwellings that are compliant with the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) (including acceptable fails) continues to increase. At 31 March 2018, 91 per cent of social housing dwellings (204,468 dwellings) were compliant with the WHQS (including acceptable fails) compared to 86 per cent a year earlier.
  • Excluding acceptable fails, 63 per cent of all social housing dwellings (142,621 dwellings) were fully compliant with the WHQS at 31 March 2018.
  • Levels of WHQS compliance continue to be higher for registered social landlords (RSLs), with 99 per cent of RSL dwellings achieving WHQS compliance (including acceptable fails) at 31 March 2018 compared to 77 per cent of local authority dwellings.
  • At 31 March 2018, across all social housing, the most common reason given for an acceptable fail was ‘Timing of Remedy’; occurring in over half of all compliant dwellings that contained at least one acceptable fail (54 per cent).
  • The components that showed the highest percentage of WHQS compliance (including acceptable fails) at 31 March 2018 were ‘Mains powered smoke detectors’, ‘Kitchens’ and ‘Central heating Systems’, all at 99 per cent respectively.


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