Maintaining Decent Homes
After successfully bringing all our homes up to the Decent Homes Standard in 2010, we are now focussed on maintaining this standard with ongoing planned works programmes.
The Decent Homes Standard is set by government to ensure that all housing association homes meet certain minimum criteria.
There are four criteria that we consider when planning our Decent Homes Improvement works. These determine whether or not a home is considered ‘non-decent’.
Is your home decent?
In order to fail the Decent Homes Standard your home would fail when assessed against the below criteria.
1. Is your home in an unreasonable state of repair?
To fail this means one or more of the key components (e.g. external walls/roof/windows/ doors/boiler) must be old AND in poor condition or two or more of the other building components (e.g. kitchen/bathroom) must be old AND in poor condition.
2. Is your home without reasonably modern facilities or services?
To fail this means your home must lack three or more of the following:
- a kitchen less than 20 years old
- a kitchen with adequate space and layout
- a bathroom less than 30 years old
- a bathroom and toilet in an appropriate location
- adequate insulation against external noise
- adequately sized and well laid out common areas in flats
3. Is your home without efficient heating and insulation?
To fail a property would not provide a reasonable degree of thermal comfort i.e. efficient heating and effective insulation.
4. Does your home fail to meet the statutory minimum standard set out by the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)?
The rating system is based upon the calculation of risk of harm to persons using a dwelling. A total of 29 ‘hazards’ which constitute a threat to health and safety are included, from falls through electrical hazards and damp and mould, to overcrowding.
A detailed inspection of the dwelling is required to identify and register any faults that might contribute to these hazards. For each fault, the surveyor identifies what hazard the fault contributes to (e.g. damaged floorboard (fault) could contribute to the hazard of falls on the level). A Hazard Score of the perceived risk is calculated based on the probability of an occurrence and the likely range of harm outcomes should an occurrence occur.
HHSRS assessments are carried out as part of our stock condition survey programme, we carry out approximately 1,000 surveys per year to ensure we have the most accurate information possible on our homes.