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Northern Ireland Housing Statistics 2012-2013 published

The Northern Ireland Housing Statistics 2012-2013, detailing recent trends in housing in the province, was published by the Department for Social Development today.

Some of its key findings include:


· There were approximately 762,900 dwellings in Northern Ireland at 31 March 2013, a rise of 3,800 (0.5%) on 31 March 2012 (759,100). The volume of housing stock has increased since 2001-2002 with the rate of growth fluctuating. 

· There were 5,828 new dwelling starts in 2012-2013, a decrease of 62% from the peak in 2005-2006 (15,184). In comparison to 2011-2012 the number of starts has increased 2% from 5,702. The rise in new dwelling starts in 2012-2013 is due to an increase in the number of private sector starts. 

· In 2012-2013, 81% (4,708) of dwellings started were in the private sector and 19% (1,120) were by Housing Associations.

· There were 8,030 new dwelling completions in 2012-2013, a fall of 55% from the peak in 2006-2007 (17,797) and an increase of 18% (1,230) on the previous year. The increase in new dwelling completions in 2012-2013 is due to a rise in the number of private sector completions. 

· The total volume of Housing Output in the third quarter (July-September) of 2013 increased by 1.6% compared to the previous quarter but was 1.7% lower than the same quarter in 2012. The latest volume of Housing Output is in the region of 60% lower than the levels of Housing Output reported in the quarters before the downturn in 2007.


· The percentage of homes with central heating has risen from 95% in 2001 to 99% in 2011. Gas has seen the largest increase in installations, increasing almost five fold from 2001 to 2011.

· In the year ended 31 March 2013, 10,002 homes benefited from the ‘Warm Homes Scheme’ grants, amounting to almost £14.7 million. Sixty three percent of grants processed were for Owner Occupied homes and the remainder for the Private Rented Sector.

Social Renting Demand

· The average weekly rent (excluding rates and service charges) charged by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive was £58.76 in 2012-2013. This is an increase of 7% from the previous year (£54.73).

· The average weekly rent (including rates and service charges) charged by Housing Associations was £90.67 in 2012-2013. This is an increase of 5% from the previous year (£86.11). 

· In total, 19,354 households presented as homeless to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in 2012-2013. The household types with the highest number of homeless presenters in 2012-2013 were single males (36%) and families (31%).

· In 2012-2013, of the 19,354 households presenting as homeless 9,878 households were accepted as full duty applicants. Of those households accepted as full duty applicants during the year 1,970 were discharged.

Private Renting Demand

· The average (median) rent per week for the private rented sector in Northern Ireland in 2011-2012 was £92, some £34 below the United Kingdom average (£126) and lower than England, Scotland and Wales.

· The average (median) rent per week for the social rented sector in Northern Ireland in 2011-2012 was £61, £14 lower than the United Kingdom average (£75) and £31 lower than that of the private rented sector.

· In Northern Ireland households paying £80 to under £100 a week (37%) made up the largest proportion of private rentals. Across the United Kingdom the largest proportion of private rentals paid £100 to under £150 a week (36%). Over a third (36%) of private renters in Northern Ireland paid £100 or more per week compared to two thirds (66%) for the United Kingdom as a whole.

Owner Occupied Demand

· The Northern Ireland Residential Property Price Index shows that over the year to the end of September 2013 residential property prices rose by 1%. Prices of residential property sold today are now at just under half of their peak value in 2007 (a 54% fall from the third quarter of 2007).

· The number of loans for first time buyers and home movers in 2012 was 5,100 and 3,700 respectively. In comparison to 2011, this represents an increase of 6% for first time buyers and a decrease of 8% for home movers.

Household Characteristics

· In the period 2010 to 2012 the average gross weekly household income in Northern Ireland was £595, 16% lower than the United Kingdom average of £711. In Northern Ireland the average weekly expenditure was £480.90, just slightly lower than the overall United Kingdom figure (£482.10). 

Notes to editors:

1. The Northern Ireland Housing Statistics is an annual compendium of statistics. The publication is divided into sections covering: Supply; Energy; Social Renting Demand; Private Renting Demand; Owner Occupier Demand and Household Characteristics. Provisional and revised figures are indicated by (P) and (R) respectively.

2. Housing stock data are based on administrative data received from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE), Housing Associations and Land and Property Services.

3. Details of all new housing starts and completions for the private sector are supplied by the Local Authority Building Control for each of the 26 Local Government Districts. Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) and Housing Associations Branch of the Department for Social Development provide data for the social rented sector.

4. Data on the volume of Housing Output in Northern Ireland is obtained from the Northern Ireland Construction Bulletin. Housing Output is defined as all public and private sector construction activity (New Work and Repair & Maintenance) associated with Housing. Repair and Maintenance work in relation to housing includes repairs, maintenance, improvements, house/ flat conversions, extensions, alterations and redecoration on existing housing.

5. Statistics on Homelessness are sourced from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE). Where the NIHE decides that an applicant is eligible, homeless (threatened with homelessness), in priority need and unintentionally homeless then the applicant is entitled to the full housing duty and is referred to as a Full Duty Applicant. Where an applicant is owed the full housing duty, the Executive shall secure that accommodation becomes available for their occupation. The Housing Executive can discharge its housing duty in one of three ways: by re-housing of the applicant in the social sector, by offering the applicant three reasonable offers of accommodation in the social sector which are all refused by the applicant or if the applicant re-houses him/herself and is no longer interested.

6. Statistics on private sector rents are sourced from the Family Resources Survey 2011-2012 (the latest available in the series). The Family Resources Survey collects detailed information on the incomes and circumstances of private households from April to March each year. Refer to Appendix 4 of the publication for more information.

7. The Residential Property Price Index designed by Land and Property Services provides a measure of change in the price of a standardised residential property sold in Northern Ireland. The index uses information on all verified residential property sales as recorded by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

8. Statistics on mortgage lending are sourced from the Council for Mortgage Lenders (CML) Regulated Mortgage Survey.

9. Statistics on household income and expenditure are sourced from the Living Costs and Food Survey.

10. Copies of the publication can be downloaded from the Department for Social Development’s website at:http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/publications/housing_stats.htm.

11. Further enquiries should be addressed to: 
Analytical Services Unit 
Department for Social Development
Level Four
James House
2-4 Cromac Avenue
Gasworks Business Park 
Ormeau Road

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