THE DECENT HOMES STANDARD

    The DTLR has issued detailed guidance on how to define a 'decent home' for the purposes of measuring progress against the target. In brief, a decent home will pass four tests:

    1. it must meet the current statutory minimum standard for housing
    2. it must be in a reasonable state of repair
    3. it must have reasonably modern facilities and services
    4. it must provide a reasonable degree of thermal comfort

There was a change in how the fourth test will be measured, announced in February. Property will now have to have effective insulation and efficient heating to meet this criterion.

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