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.