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Amenity Standards for Privately Rented dwellings

The Decent Homes Standard

The definition of what is a decent home has been updated to reflect the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) which replaced the Housing Fitness Standard on 6th April 2006. Generally, a decent home meets the following criteria:

  1. It meets the current statutory minimum standard for housing:
    • dwellings that contain one or more hazards assessed as serious (Category 1 Hazards) using the HHSRS will fail to meet this basic criterion
  2. It is a reasonable state of repair:
    • dwellings which fail to meet this criterion are those where either:
      • one or more of the key building components are old and, because of their 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.
  3. It has reasonably modern facilities and services:
    • dwellings that fail to meet this criterion are those that lack three or more of the following:
      • a reasonably modern kitchen (less than 20 years old)
      • a kitchen with adequate space and layout
      • a reasonably modern bathroom (less than 30 years old)
      • aAn appropriately located bathroom and WC
      • adequate insulation against external noise (where external noise is a problem); and
      • adequate size and layout of common areas for blocks of flats
  4. It provides a reasonable degree of thermal comfort:
    • this criterion requires a dwelling to have both effective insulation and efficient heating
Last modified on 03 January 2024

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