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Publication - Statistics Publication

Housing Revenue Account (HRA) statistics: income and expenditure

Published: 31 Oct 2017
ISBN:
9781788513890

This bulletin presents statistics on local authority housing income and expenditure in Scotland from their Housing Revenue Accounts (HRAs).

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Housing Revenue Account (HRA) statistics: income and expenditure
Rents lost due to empty properties (void losses) (charts 8 & 9)

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Rents lost due to empty properties (void losses) (charts 8 & 9)

24. Councils lost around £17.7m due to un-let properties held on their HRAs in 2016-17. This represents 1.6% of Standard Rental Income and is at about the same level as the two previous years, well below the peak of 3.7% in 2002-03.

25. From 2008-09 the statistics collected from Local Authorities have separately identified rents lost from un-let dwellings. For Scotland as a whole rents lost amounted to £13m in 2016-17 representing around 1.2% of total rent income on these dwellings.

26. The percentage of rent on dwellings lost through voids in 2016-17 was highest in East Ayrshire (2.9%) and lowest in North Ayrshire (0.3%). Levels of rent lost may be strongly influenced by factors such as different levels of demand for properties, different void management practices and targets, decanting for improvement or investment programmes or the inclusion of properties awaiting demolition.

Chart 8: Rents lost through un-let properties as % of standard rental income 1, Scotland, 1997-98 to 2017-18 (estimates) 1,2
Chart 8: Rents lost through un-let properties as % of standard rental income, Scotland, 1997-98 to 2017-18 (estimates)
Source:
Scottish Government, Communities Analytical Division - based on Housing Revenue Account returns provided by Scottish Local Authorities.

Notes:
1. Six councils transferred their housing stock to the housing association sector, therefore HRA information is not available for them.
2. Dotted lines indicate breaks in comparability following the transfer of housing stock as follows:

  • from 2003-04 transfer of housing stock from Glasgow, Dumfries & Galloway and Scottish Borders,
  • from 2006-07 transfer of housing stock from Argyll & Bute and Eilean Siar,
  • from 2007-08 transfer of housing stock from Inverclyde.

Chart 9: Rents lost as a result of unlet dwellings as a percentage of standard rental income on houses 1, Scotland, 2016-17 (actual) and 2017-18 (estimate)
Chart 9: Rents lost as a result of unlet dwellings as a percentage of standard rental income on houses, Scotland, 2016-17 (actual) and 2017-18 (estimate)
Source:

Scottish Government, Communities Analytical Division - based on Housing Revenue Account returns provided by Scottish Local Authorities.

Notes:
1. Six councils transferred their housing stock to the housing association sector, therefore HRA information is not available for them.


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