Review of Decent Homes Standard accelerated

06 April 2022

Background

During 2021 the government convened a working group, including the NHF, to help review and update the Decent Homes Standard. In its first phase the group reviewed the existing Decent Homes Standard. However, last summer the government paused the process for further consideration.

In the Levelling Up White Paper, launched in February this year, the government committed to halve the number of non-decent rented homes by 2030, across the social and private rented sectors.

Latest announcements

To deliver on this aim, the government has now resumed the Decent Homes Standard review, extended its scope to cover the private rented sector, and imposed a very tight timescale.

They aim to issue a public consultation on an updated Decent Homes Standard in the summer. In the meantime, they have sought further input from the working group across seven areas which they are considering for updates:

  • Ventilation.
  • Home security.
  • Thermostatic mixer valves.
  • Window restrictors.
  • Electrical Safety.
  • Refuse management.
  • Water efficiency.

They have also said that thermal comfort and energy efficiency will be outside the scope of the review, suggesting that updated regulation on these areas will be pursued separately.  

Input to the review

The government asked for initial feedback on the detail of their proposals within a week. We worked with our existing member groups to provide some initial feedback and are working on more detailed analysis to inform our work on this over the next few months.

We will continue to engage with the government and with members as the review progresses.

If you would like more information on the review or to discuss this in more detail please contact us.

Who to speak to

John Bryant, Policy Leader