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Decent Homes Standard

The Goverment has set a target to ensure that all social housing meets standards of decency by 2010.

The basic principals of the Decent Homes Standard are:

  • It must meet the current statutory minimum standard for housing

Homes below this standard are those defined as unfit under section 604 of the Housing Act 1985 (as amended by the 1989 Local Government and Housing Act)

  • It must be in a reasonable state of repair

Homes which fail to meet this standard are those where either:

- one or more of the key building components are old and, because of thier condition, need replacing or major repair; or

-two or more of the other building components are old and, because of their condition, need replacing- or major repair.

  • It must have reasonably modern facilities and services

Homes which fail to meet this standard are those which don`t have three or more of the following: reasonably modern kitchen (20 years old or less)

-a kitchen with adequate space and layout

-a reasonable modern bathroom (30 years old or less)

-an appropriatley located bathroom and WC

-adequate insulation against external noise (where external noise is a problem)

-adequate size and layout of common areas for blocks of flats

  • It provides a reasonable degree of comfort.

This means that your home must have both effective insulation and efficient heating.