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Latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin is published

The Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin, for the period July to September 2012, has been published by the Department for Social Development.
Thursday, 7 February 2013

  • The total number of new dwelling starts was 1,681, an increase of 25% on the same period in 2011.
  • The total number of new dwelling completions was 2,319, an increase of 62% on the same period in 2011.
  • In total, 5,112 households presented as homeless to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive during July to September 2012. This is an increase of 65 (1%) when compared to the previous quarter. The reason category with the highest number of presenters (1017) was those citing a sharing breakdown or family dispute as the reason for homelessness.
  • The number of households accepted by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive as full duty applicants by reason for the quarter July to September 2012 was 2,271, an increase of 13% compared to the previous quarter. The reason category with the highest proportion of full duty applicants were those citing accommodation not reasonable (24%) and those citing a sharing breakdown or family dispute (19%).
  • In the third quarter of 2012 the Northern Ireland Residential Property Price Index stands at 90. Between Q2 (April - June) 2012 and Q3 (July - September) 2012 residential property prices fell by 1%.
  • The standardised residential property price is now 12% lower than the same quarter in 2011 and 10% lower than in the first quarter of 2005.

The full Housing Bulletin is available at the DSD website

Notes to editors:

  1. The Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin is produced each quarter by the Analytical Services Unit of the Department for Social Development. It contains information on new housing starts and completions, homelessness, the Residential Property Price Index and new house sales and prices. Provisional and revised figures are indicated by (P) and (R) respectively.
  2. Details of housing starts and completions for the private sector are supplied by Local Authority Building Control for each of the 26 Local Government Districts. Data for the social rented sector are provided by NIHE and the Housing Associations Branch of the Department for Social Development.
  3. Statistics on Homelessness are sourced from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE). Where the Housing Executive concludes that an applicant is eligible, homeless (threatened with homelessness), in priority need and unintentionally homeless it owes them full housing duty. An applicant to whom full housing duty is owed is referred to as a “Full Duty Applicant” – FDA. In this case the Executive shall secure that accommodation becomes available for their occupation.
  4. 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).
  5. Data for new house sales and price are derived from transactions for new private sector and Housing Associations dwellings notified by solicitors to the National House Building Council website.
  6. For the purposes of this bulletin, the terms ‘house’ and ‘dwelling’ are interchangeable and can be defined as ‘a self-contained unit of accommodation, having all amenities available to each household (own kitchen, bathroom, toilet) regardless of shared entrance.’ A ‘house’ or ‘dwelling’ will, therefore, comprise ‘either one self-contained household space or a number of non self-contained household spaces’.
  7. The bulletin is available on the DSD website. Hard copies are available from the Analytical Services Unit, Department for Social Development, Level Four, James House, 2 Cromac Avenue, Gasworks Business Park, Ormeau Road, Belfast, BT7 2JA; Telephone - (028) 9081 9944; E-mail Stephen.Acheson@dsdni.gov.uk
  8. Analytical Services Unit (DSD) aim to provide customers with the information they require and in a format that is most suitable to meet customer’s needs. If you have any comments in relation to the content of the bulletin or the format in which it is released please contact Analytical Services Unit.
  9. The next edition of the Bulletin will be published April/May 2013.
  10. For further information, contact the DSD Information Office on 028 9082 9494. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.