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Decent Homes

The Decent Homes Standard 

The Decent Homes Standard is the standard that the Government has set for Council dwellings.

The government definition is: 

'A decent home is one which is wind and weather tight, warm, and has modern facilities.  It reflects what social landlords spend their money on.  To set a national target a common definition of 'decent' is needed so all social landlords can work towards the same goal'


The Decent Homes Criteria

A Decent Home must meet the following standards:

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; and  

4. It must provide a reasonable degree of thermal comfort.   

South Essex Homes have an improvement programme which improves the percentage of ‘decent’ properties by 2.5% each year and are on target to be 100% compliant by the end of the 2016/17 financial year.