Third of houses fail decent homes standards
More than a third of houses in England still fail to meet decent homes standards, according to government figures.
The 2006 English House Condition Survey, which contains the latest available data, shows in that year there were 7.7 million homes that did not meet the standard, or 35 per cent of the total.
In the private rented sector nearly half of all homes were non-decent, at 46.8 per cent. In contrast homes owned by housing associations were most likely to be decent, with only 12.8 per cent failing to make the grade.
The figures are up on the 2005 survey, which found 6 million homes were non-decent, or 27 per cent of stock. But decent homes criteria were revised between the two surveys, and the report says progress is being made.
It states: ‘In fact, there was continued improvement for the stock as a whole and within each housing sector using the original definition of the standard.’
The government has a target that all dwellings should meet the decent homes standard by 2010.
How the figures are calculated
The report was based on 16,670 randomly selected homes, which included a physical assessment of the property and an interview with the householder.
This was the first year the survey assessed CO2 emissions. While 20 per cent of social homes achieved band A to C energy performance certificate ratings, only 4 per cent of owner occupied homes did.
The report also found of the 7.7 million non-decent homes, 1.7 million - 22 per cent - were non-decent because they did not meet the new thermal comfort standard.
It also calculated that on average a private sector non-decent home required works costing £7,500, but non-decent properties in the social sector needed £4,200 of investment.