Social Rented Housing

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 21st March 2007.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average length of stay was for tenants in (a) local authority and (b) registered social landlord accommodation in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001 and (iii) the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

Reliable estimates of how long social housing tenants remain, on average, in the same accommodation are not available. However, estimates of the lengths of uncompleted residence based on the time that existing tenants have spent in their current accommodation are as follows:

Lengths of uncompleted residence (in years) reported by existing social housing tenants
Number of years
Council tenants RSL tenants
Mean Median Mean Median
1997-98 12.4 8.1 8.2 4.5
2001-02 12.8 8.2 9.3 5.2
2005-06 13.6 8.8 10.3 5.9

Survey of English Housing

It is important to note that since these figures are based on uncompleted lengths of tenure, they are likely to be significantly below the equivalent figures for completed lengths of tenure.

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