The statistical release provides information on lettings of social housing in England during 2012 to 2013 by local authorities and private registered providers (PRPs).
Information about the tenancy, the tenants and the property are collected each time there is a new letting. Lets of general needs and supported social housing are collected, and, from 2012 to 2013, both local authorities and PRPs also report their affordable rent lettings (PRPs began this reporting in 2011 to 2012). All data are submitted through the online Continuous Recording system.
For the first time, this release presents statistical estimates which take into account non-response through weighting and imputing missing data. Further information on the weighting and imputation methods are available in the project report Improving outputs on social housing lettings.
Key points from the release are:
- the broad upward trend in social lettings by private registered providers has levelled off, with a 3% decrease in lettings to 258,731 in 2012 to 2013
- local authority lettings have also decreased to 120,012 in 2012 to 2013, continuing their long-term trend and mainly reflecting stock transfers
- in this second year of the affordable rent programme, private registered providers let 27,715 properties at affordable rents, now comprising nearly a fifth (18%) of general needs lettings
- the average net weekly social rent of properties let in 2012 to 2013 was £80, while average affordable rents were £114
- as in 2011 to 2012, affordable rents were, on average, 68% of market rents in 2012 to 2013; in London affordable rents were a lower proportion of market rents (49%)
- the most common type of household taking up a general needs letting continued to be single adults aged under 60, either with or without children (around 60% of lettings)
- many (31%) of private registered providers general needs lettings were to employed tenants