Decent Homes

 

Waltham Estate RMO wants to develop, with our residents, a property standard that goes beyond the Government’s basic Decent Home Standard (DHS). In order to achieve this, we need to understand what matters to you when it comes to improvements to your home and your estate. With this in mind, we’d really appreciate you helping us understand your priorities by completing 

 

What is a decent home?

A decent home is one that is wind and weather tight, warm and has modern facilities. The basic principles of the Decent Homes standard are:

  • It must meet the current statutory minimum standard for housing. Homes below this standard are those defined as unfit under section 604 of the Housing Act 1985 (as amended by the 1989 Local Government and Housing Act).
  • It must be in a reasonable state of repair. Homes which fail to meet this standard 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
  • It must have reasonably modern facilities and services. Homes which fail to meet this standard are those which don't have three or more of the following:
    • reasonably modern kitchen (20 years old or less)
    • a kitchen with adequate space and layout
    • a reasonably modern bathroom (30 years old or less)
    • an appropriately located bathroom and WC
    • adequate insulation against external noise (where external noise is a problem)
    • adequate size and layout of common areas for blocks of flats
  • It provides a reasonable degree of thermal comfort. Your home must have both effective insulation and effective heating.