Housing sector

Statistics on the stock and rents of the social housing sector show the impact of the pandemic

The social housing regulator has today published statistics on the social housing sector for providers registered with private and local authorities, including share ownership and rents as of 31 March 2021.

Feedback from all registered social housing providers shows the sector providing 4.4 million homes across England with a net increase of around 25,000 social housing over the year. The number of affordable rental and low-cost homeownership units has increased, while the number of social rental units has decreased. General needs housing (social tenancies) still constitutes the majority of the social housing sector at 77% of the total stock, with supported housing at 13% and low cost housing at 7%.

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted registered providers in various ways. Measures in place to protect tenants have led to a dramatic drop in evictions by registered private providers, from over 10,000 to less than 800. The pandemic has also affected changes in inventory. In 2021, registered private providers again increased the number of low-cost rental units they offered. However, this is the smallest annual increase since 2014. Local authority providers have seen a further decline in the number of low-cost rental properties. However, this is the smallest annual decline since 2012. Both private operators and local authorities have continued to develop and acquire housing, with nearly 25,000 low-cost rental units and 14,000 home ownership units. low cost property.

For-profit providers continue to increase their inventory, with more than 4,000 homes added during the year. About three-quarters of this growth is attributable to low-cost home ownership. However, the inventory held by for-profit suppliers represents a very small proportion (0.5%) of the overall inventory.

As expected, rents increased during the year. The average increase in weekly net rent for general needs (social rent) was 2.7%, which was in line with the CPI+1%. This increase follows the decline in rents throughout the area over the previous four years. The average weekly rent for general needs in England was £92.84 with continued regional variation. Rents were lowest in the North East (£77.67) and highest in London (£114.44).

Will Perry, Chief Strategy Officer at HSR mentioned:

Data from this year’s Statistical Statement and Local Authority Statement show the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on evictions and changes in inventory, as well as rent increases in line with the limit set by the government.

Collecting this data helps us take a risk-based and proportionate approach to regulation, both for local authorities and registered private providers, and makes a valuable contribution to national statistics.

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Notes to Editors

  • Local authority social housing data was previously collected through the Local Authority Housing Survey. Since April 1, 2020, it has been collected by HSR through the local authority’s data declaration when HSR was responsible for regulating local authority rents. Data from private registered providers was collected by HSR through the return of statistical data since 2012.
  • Data from local authorities and private registered providers are designated as national statistics by the UK Statistics Authority.
  • A total of 1,557 providers completed either the LADR or the SDR in 2021. There was a 100% response rate for the 2020-21 LADR and 95% for the 2020-21 season SDR (100% for registered private providers with 1,000 or more social housing units).
  • Dwellings include self-contained units such as houses and apartments and non-self-contained sleeping spaces, collectively referred to as units in the data.
  • Of the 4.4 million social stock units held by PRregistered private suppliers own 2.8 million units while suppliers registered with local authorities own 1.6 million units.
  • The 51 for-profit providers reported 13,671 social stock units in 2020, up from 9,313 in 2019.
  • The Welfare and Labor Reform Act 2016 introduced an annual rent reduction of 1% for four years. Rents from April 1, 2020 are regulated by HSRthe rent standard with a rent ceiling of CPI + 1%.
  • HSR promotes a viable, efficient and well-governed social housing sector capable of providing housing that meets a range of needs.