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Data on the amount of housing units that were empty, housing units rented to tenants and social housing tenants who were in rent arrears April 2016 to March 2017.

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


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