Welsh Housing Minister Julie James said there are concerns about whether purpose-built student accommodation can be filled and the Welsh Government have said a change to building standards could ensure the accommodation is used as social housing.
Student builds can be legally built to smaller minimum-size standards than others, meaning they can't be used as anything else if they are left empty.
Ms James said: “we’ll be consulting shortly, about changing the space standards so that everything is built to social housing standards.
“A student flat that is built to social housing standards could be taken over by a registered social housing landlord and utilised for desperately needed social housing, but if it is built to much smaller standards it can’t be utilised in that way"
Jennie Bibbings, campaigns manager at Shelter Cymru said: "If you are building any type of new homes they should be as flexible as possible". But also highlighted that if students live in purpose-built accommodation it frees up other types of property people seeking social housing could live in.
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