Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

What is a Decent Home?

Man tiling in kitchen

In 2000 the Government announced plans for all council owned housing to be upgraded to "Decent Homes Standard".

This standard applies to all social housing (except leasehold and shared ownership properties).

Guidelines have been published for councils so they know what is required and what is classed as a decent or non decent home.

For a full definition please follow the link to the Communities and Local Government website

What makes a Decent Home?

A decent home must; -

Meet the current statutory minimum standard for housing ie. it contains no hazards assessed as serious under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).

Be in a reasonable state of repair i.e not have walls, roofs, windows, doors, chimneys, central heating boilers, gasfires, storage heaters, plumbing or electrics that need replacement or repair.

Have reasonably modern facilities and services e.g. have kitchens of less than 20 years old or bathrooms of less than 30 years old. 

Provide a reasonable degree of 'thermal comfort' i.e. heating 


Tel: 0300 330 7000 (select 0 and then ask for "Decent Homes")