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Social housing lettings down again 06/12/2018 Labelled as Rent, Scrutiny, Tenants

Latest figures from the Department of Communities & Local Government show that social housing lettings by local authorities and housing associations in England totalled 313,000 - decrease of 6% on the previous year. These latest figures mark a continuation of the long-term trend in the decline in the number of lettings from a peak of 397,000 lettings in 2013-14 (a decrease of 21%).

 

Of the total of 313,000 new lettings in 2017-18, 217,000 lettings were made by private registered providers (housing associations) and 96,000 by local authorities.

 

87% of new social lettings were at social rent (determined through the national rent policy) with 13% let at affordable rent (set at up to 80% of market rent).

 

Social rent charged on new social lettings was on average 52% of market rent (£82.00 pw) whilst affordable rent was on average 71% of market rent (£111.00)

 

Twice as many tenants in new social housing lettings in 2017-18 were employed (31%) than unemployed (15%) and 31% of new lettings were to tenants who were either retired or unable to work for health reasons.

 

Coupled with the continuing decline in the total stock of council housing this is not good news for those on council housing waiting lists and homeless households living in temporary accommodation.

 

Click here to see the full DCLG Statistical Release.

 

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