Housing

Private Sector Renewal

Poor condition housing can impact on the health of its occupants and concentrations of such housing can undermine the sustainability of the communities in which they are located. The Government believes that everyone should have the opportunity of a decent home.

Local authorities have a special responsibility to maintain their own stock in decent condition. However, 80 per cent of homes in England - 17.1 million - are in the private sector. The Government believes that primary responsibility for repairing and improving homes in the private sector lies with the owner. And every year, owners invest over £16bn in repairing and improving their home. However, we recognise that some - particularly the elderly and other vulnerable groups - will not have the resources necessary for this, and local authorities have a vital role to play in assisting these people. Authorities currently spend around £300m a year in this way.

Under the Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order 2002 (the RRO) local authorities have a great deal of flexibility and freedom in providing discretionary assistance for repairs and adaptations. It is also for the local authority to decide the circumstances in which to give discretionary assistance, what form that assistance may take (eg, grants, loans, equity release schemes etc) and what, if any, conditions to attach.  

£1billion over the CSR07 period of 2008-11 has been made available to local authorities from the Regional Housing Pot to help.  Guidance issued to Regional Assemblies asks them to continue to prioritise those most in need with the expectation that packages of assistance are made available to individual homeowners

Contact us

If you have a query about the Government's policy for housing renewal in the private sector which is unanswered in this section, please email: contactus@communities.gsi.gov.uk

Further information and guidance is also available in the Publications about private sector renewal .

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