Rents: Swindon

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 26th March 2007.

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Photo of Anne Snelgrove Anne Snelgrove PPS (Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State), Department of Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) what average rent was paid in Swindon by (a) council tenants, (b) tenants with a registered social landlord and (c) tenants paying market rates in the most recent year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement;

(2) what average rent was paid for (a) council housing and (b) registered social landlord housing in each local authority in England in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

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

The average rent paid for local authority housing was £57.90, and for registered social landlord housing it was £64.32. Figures are as at the end of April 2006 and for local authorities are based on unaudited information. Figures for the RSL sector are based on data collected by the Housing Corporation.

The average rent paid by tenants in Swindon as at end April 2006 was £54.57 for local authority rents, and £67.54 for RSL rents.

As part of the next restructuring programme, local authority and housing association rents for similar properties are converging. Information on average rent paid by private renters in Swindon is not available. This information is available by region as tabled.

Table 734: Rents, lettings and tenancies: mean rent( 1) of "free market"( 2) private tenancies: by region
£ a month
1994-95 and 1995-96 combined 1995-96 and 1996-97 combined 1996-97 and 1997-98 combined 1997-98 and 1998-99 combined 1998-99 and 1999-2000 combined 1999-2000 and 2000-01 combined
North East 267 283 263 256 240 257
North West 282 307 277 287 329 330
Yorkshire and the Humber 259 266 267 268 283 284
The North 272 289 271 276 297 300
East Midlands 251 256 266 303 304 279
West Midlands 274 300 303 280 279 316
The Midlands 262 278 285 290 291 296
East 324 339 353 356 359 387
London 502 549 577 613 642 655
South East 386 390 421 437 441 470
South West 283 306 318 339 355 364
The South 400 426 445 465 483 511
England 350 373 380 390 403 421
£ a month
2000-01 and 2001-02 combined 2001-02 and 2002-03 combined 2002-03 and 2003-04 combined 2003-04 and 2004-05 combined 2004-05 and 2005-06 combined
North East 301 311 314 327 323
North West 334 343 350 359 371
Yorkshire and the Humber 294 324 350 374 359
The North 314 331 344 359 357
East Midlands 323 357 364 371 385
West Midlands 342 357 370 370 383
The Midlands 332 356 366 371 384
East 407 417 444 492 530
London 713 817 827 775 798
South East 517 584 586 565 588
South West 396 413 419 446 469
The South 553 613 628 614 639
England 460 502 518 517 534
(1) Before deduction of housing benefit where applicable.

(2) Assured and assured shorthold tenancies accessible to the public without special conditions.

Note:

Sampling variability is too great for the figures to give a reliable indication of change between years at regional level.

Source:

DCLG Survey of English Housing

Latest update 4 October 2006

Next update November 2007

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ross warren
Posted on 27 Mar 2007 9:35 pm (Report this annotation)

considering the current price of a new home these rents seem a little unrealistic.

Mark Bestford
Posted on 28 Mar 2007 12:39 am (Report this annotation)

I take it those figures are biased by large houses being split into bedsits. Well I don't need a bedsit, what I need is an affordable 3 bedroom home.

A quick search and the first truly self contained unit (not a house share) is 360 a month. Below that are bedsits being advertised privately as "studio flats".

Then there's a couple of 3 bed flats in a rather rough area of Swindon for 495, before reverting back to 1 bed flats. A couple of 2 bed flats for 500, and guess what? Yes, back to 1 bed flats again...

Above 530 and it's a fairly even mix of 1 and 2 bed flats and a few houses. Then shock, after looking at over 200 properties my first 3 bed house comes up for rent. For 600 pounds in the middle of Swindon.

Okay, lets narrow it down a bit as Swindon is a fairly long commute. 675 pounds gets me a 3 bed house in Stanford in the Vale. Fine if you like living in the middle of nowhere.

Finally we have it! For 695 a month a 3 bedroom house in the main town with easy access to shops and bus services to Oxford. Up to 750 a month and you can now find a mix of 1, 2 or 3 bed places.

They are my only options. I earn too much to be considered for social housing. But not enough to afford to buy a house anywhere except the very worst areas of Swindon and not enough to afford to rent privately. I'm fortunate that I bought into a shared ownership property several years ago that has allowed me to live in the 3 bed house we have now.