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Decent Homes

Decent Homes

Erimus Housing aims to deliver a major programme of modernisation and improvement, to provide all tenants with housing that is first choice for rented accomodation, in Middlesbrough.

An estimated five-year, £103m repair and improvement programme ensures that tenants' homes met the Government’s Decent Homes target by 2010. The Tenant Offer document outlined a menu of improvement 'promises' during the first five years after transfer. These being:

  • To meet the Government's Decent Homes Standard by 2010.
  • To give tenants a wide choice of products.
  • To spend an estimated £103m on repairs, modernisation and improvements in the first five years.

A 15% stock condition survey of the houses was completed in 2003 and this was used to formulate the five year improvement plan.

What is A Decent Home? Guidance for Implementation

1. It meets the current statutory minimum standard for housing.

Fitness Standard

  • Be free from serious disrepair
  • Structurally stable
  • Be free from dampness prejudicial to the health of the occupants
  • Have adequate provision for lighting, heating and ventilation
  • Wholesome water supply
  • Effective system for drainage
  • Suitably located WC (for the exclusive use of the occupants)
  • Have a bath or shower and wash-hand basin, with hot and cold water
  • Satisfactory facilities for the preparation and cooking of food (including a sink)

2. It is in a reasonable state of repair

Key building components

The property will not meet the "Decent Homes" criteria if any one fail of the following elements fail:

  • External walls
  • Roof Structure and covering
  • Windows/doors
  • Chimneys
  • Central heating boilers
  • Gas fires
  • Storage heaters
  • Electric supply

Other building components

The property will not meet the Decent Homes criteria if any two of the of the following elements fail:

  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Heating

3. It has reasonably modern facilities and services. The property will not meet the "Decent Homes" criteria if it lacks three or more of the following:

  • A 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

4. It provides a reasonable degree of thermal comfort

  • Effective insulation
  • Efficient heating

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