More than 2,500 people on Welwyn Hatfield social housing waiting list
PUBLISHED: 17:37 12 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:37 12 November 2015
More than 2,500 people are on the waiting list for social housing in Welwyn Hatfield.
In total, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has 9,100 rented homes, plus about 4,000 Registered Provider properties, which the council has nomination rights to.
Despite this, there are still 2,530 families or individuals waiting for a home - 1,924 are homeseekers and 600 are transfers.
A council spokesman said: “Generally speaking, people are waiting for different property types on average between five months and 34 months. But the average time to re-house people is very difficult to say, as it varies depending on the priority applicants have on the list. For instance, if someone has been given urgent priority (Band A) we would anticipate they could be housed within a few months. However, if they are in Band D (recognised housing need,) the average time to be re-housed could be a number of years.”
The spokesman added: “The turnover rate of the council’s rented housing stock is very low (approximately 5%) which means that around 500 properties become vacant each year.”
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