Decent Homes Standard – what is it and why is it important?

Decent Homes Standard – what is it and why is it important?

The Decent Homes Standard is a UK government policy which sets out the minimum standards for the condition and appearance of social housing. The standard includes requirements for the repair, maintenance and modernization of homes, as well as for energy efficiency and accessibility. The goal of the standard is to ensure that social housing is safe, warm, and in a good state of repair and that it provides a decent standard of living for tenants.

What is it?

In summary, the definition of the standard is:

  1. a) It meets the current statutory minimum standard for housing
  2. b) It is in a reasonable state of repair
  3. c) It has reasonably modern facilities and services
  4. d) It provides a reasonable degree of thermal comfort

The standard applies to all social housing – except leasehold and shared ownership properties. 

A more detailed definition that explains each aspect of the standards can be found on the Government’s June 2006 update of A Decent Home: Definition and guidance for implementation.

Why is it important?

The Decent Homes Standard is important because it sets a minimum standard for the condition and appearance of social housing, which helps to ensure that tenants have safe and decent homes to live in. A decent home is one that is in a good state of repair, is energy efficient, and is accessible for people with disabilities.

By having a standard like this, it helps to address issues such as poor housing conditions, fuel poverty, and the lack of accessibility for people with disabilities. It can also improve the overall quality of life for tenants, and promote social cohesion and community cohesion. Additionally, it can help to reduce the cost of maintenance and repairs for landlords and ensure that public funds for housing are used effectively.

National Housing Group ensures that all our properties meet and exceed the Decent Homes Standard. We also follow the Housing First model which is an approach that specifically focuses on supporting homeless people into long term housing. By working to these values we will continue to positively impact the homeless and vulnerable communities that need our help.