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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Total social landlord housing sales by period and provider type
[Collapse]ActivityThe Right to Buy and Right to Acquire sales figures are classified as statutory sales.<br /><br />From 2013-14, total social housing sales are available by social housing stock and non social housing stock.  Non social housing stock includes shared equity, LCHO\’s and intermediate rented properties.<br />[Filtered]
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AreaThe number of Right to Buy claims and sales of local authority dwellings will have been influenced by the large scale voluntary transfers of local authority stock to RSLs. The local authorities affected are Bridgend (September 2003), Rhondda Cynon Taf (December 2007), Monmouthshire (January 2007), Torfaen (April 2008), Conwy (September 2008), Newport (March 2009), Merthyr Tydfil (March 2009), Ceredigion (November 2009) , Gwynedd (April 2010), Blaenau Gwent (July 2010) and Neath Port Talbot (March 2011).<br /><br />From 2013-14, sales are available by area for all data providers, therefore Local authorities and RSL\’s.  Prior to 2013-14, data by area was only available from those sales completed by Local Authorities.[Filtered]
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[Collapse]PeriodData was not collected for 2019-20 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020.[Filter]
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[Expand]1980-81 October-December2710271
[Expand]1980-81 January-March6800680
[Expand]1981-82 Annual12,42824312,671
[Expand]1982-83 Annual15,43432715,761
[Expand]1983-84 Annual7,9725768,548
[Expand]1984-85 Annual5,6956946,389
[Expand]1985-86 Annual5,3332885,621
[Expand]1986-87 Annual5,8532526,105
[Expand]1987-88 Annual6,2534146,667
[Expand]1988-89 Annual10,94639911,345
[Expand]1989-90 Annual11,72920511,934
[Expand]1990-91 Annual5,0054195,424
[Expand]1991-92 Annual3,3083553,663
[Expand]1992-93 Annual2,714902,804
[Expand]1993-94 Annual2,9131983,111
[Expand]1994-95 Annual3,0354183,453
[Expand]1995-96 Annual2,3166112,927
[Expand]1996-97 Annual2,1308182,948
[Expand]1997-98 Annual2,8367373,573
[Expand]1998-99 Annual2,5332432,776
[Expand]1999-00 Annual3,5901823,772
[Expand]2000-01 Annual3,5392253,764
[Expand]2001-02 Annual3,4622563,718
[Expand]2002-03 Annual4,9992735,272
[Expand]2003-04 Annual6,8653227,187
[Expand]2004-05 Annual3,9994154,414
[Expand]2005-06 Annual1,7942412,035
[Expand]2006-07 Annual1,2884121,700
[Expand]2007-08 Annual8354031,238
[Expand]2008-09 Annual158239397
[Expand]2009-10 Annual140209349
[Expand]2010-11 Annual115260375
[Expand]2011-12 Annual84328412
[Expand]2012-13 Annual104322426
[Expand]2013-14 Annual179259438
[Expand]2014-15 Annual195349544
[Expand]2015-16 Annual191447638
[Expand]2016-17 Annual151432583
[Expand]2017-18 Annual119419538
[Expand]2018-19 Annual161640801
[Expand]2019-20 Annual.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable
[Expand]2020-21 Annual40357397
[Expand]2021-22 Annual15507522
[Expand]2022-23 Annual16341357



Total social landlord housing sales

Last update

3 August 2023 3 August 2023

Next update

July 2024

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Social housing sales data collection, Welsh Government

Contact email


National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Local authorities

Geographical coverage


Languages covered

English only

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

General description

The information presented here shows sales of local authority dwellings and of Registered Social Landlord (RSL) dwellings. It includes all social landlord housing sales - social and non-social housing. The data is used to help monitor trends in both the overall level of Welsh housing stock and the changes in its tenure distribution over time. Data is also used by the Welsh Government and local authorities to assess levels of housing supply across Wales and as an indication as to whether housing need is being met.

RSLs are organisations that provide and manage properties for people who would otherwise be unable to afford to rent or buy privately. Social landlords must be registered with the Welsh Government and are inspected on a regular basis to maintain a good standard of management.

The Right to Acquire sales and Homebuy sales included are only appropriate for Registered Social Landlord dwellings.

Data collection and calculation

The information presented here is collected via annual returns from Welsh social landlords (local authorities and registered social landlords) on the sales recorded during the financial year.

Frequency of publication


Data reference periods

Data are shown for right to buy from 1980-81 until 2012-13 inclusive. Up until 2010-11 the data was collected on a quarterly basis, and from 2011-12 collected annually. The figures for each financial year represent the sales during each of the financial years from April to March.

Note that, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020, data on social landlord housing sales in Wales for 2019-20 were not collected.

Users, uses and context

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Rounding applied


Revisions information

Data prior to the last period covered have been revised since previously published. Revisions are marked in the data with an (r).


Housing, Sales, Local Authority Sales, Disposals, Council dwellings, Ownership, Selling price

Statistical quality

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