DfC releases latest annual Housing Statistics

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A report entitled “Northern Ireland Housing Statistics 2017-18” was published today by the Department for Communities (DfC).

The Northern Ireland Housing Statistics report is produced each year by the Analytical Services Unit of the Department for Communities. This report is an annual compendium of statistics containing information on a range of areas relating to housing.

Please note that further detailed statistics on each topic are available alongside the main report in accompanying excel tables.

Key facts include:


  • There were 790,328 dwellings in Northern Ireland in April 2018, a rise of 7,056 (1%) from 2017 (783,272). The volume of housing stock has increased year on year throughout the time series (2008 – 2018).
  • In 2017-18, there were 7,100 new dwelling completions recorded by Building Control, an increase of 10% from the previous year (6,465).
  • During 2017-18 there were 1,507 Social Housing Development Programme (SHDP) new dwelling completions, an increase of 9% from 2016-17 (1,387). Figures for the SHDP are sourced from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
  • In 2017-18 there were 7,382 Residential Planning decisions made. Of these 94% were granted (6,947).


  • Between 2012-13 and 2017-18, 38,537 Boiler Replacement grants were approved amounting to £26.1 million. This equates to an average of £678 per household.
  • In the year ending 31 March 2018 there were 4,312 approvals for the ‘Affordable Warmth Scheme’ issued, and 4,148 homes had been improved.

Social Renting Demand

  • In total, 18,180 households presented as homeless to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in 2017-18, a decrease of 2% from the previous year (18,573). The household types with the highest number of homeless presenters in 2017-18 were single males (33%) and families (32%).
  • In 2017-18, of the 18,180 households presenting as homeless 11,877 households (65%) were accepted as full duty applicants and 4,688 (26%) were rejected. Of those households accepted as full duty applicants during the year 1,837 were discharged.

Private Renting Demand

  • The estimated average (median) rent per week for the private rented sector in Northern Ireland in 2016-17 was £98, £40 below the UK average (£138) and lower than England (£148), Scotland (£115) and Wales (£109).
  • This compares to the estimated average (median) rent per week for the social rented sector in Northern Ireland in 2016-17 which was £77.

Owner Occupied Demand

  • The Northern Ireland House Price Index (HPI) in Quarter 3 (July – September) 2018 stands at 121.7 (Q1 2015=100).
  • Between Quarter 3 2017 and Quarter 3 2018, the HPI increased by 4.8%.
  • The number of loans for first time buyers in 2017 was 9,600. This is a 19% increase from the 2016 figure.

Household Characteristics

  • For those buying with a mortgage, the majority of their estimated average income was generated from wages and salaries at 82%. In comparison, for social renters, social security benefits (48%) made up the largest proportion of income, with 26% generated through wages and salaries.
  • In 2017-18 the average rates bill was £938.

Copies of the publication can be downloaded from the Department for Communities’ website at: https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/topics/housing-statistics