The Decent Homes Standard was introduced to the social housing sector in Northern Ireland in 2004.
A Decent Home is defined as a home that is warm, weatherproof and has reasonably modern facilities. Government aim to bring all social housing to the Decent Homes standard by 2010.
The 2004 Interim House Condition Survey showed that approximately 32,000 social households failed to meet the Decent Homes Standard, a reduction of 27,000 from the 2001 House Condition Survey. It is anticipated that the 2006 Housing Condition Survey will show a farther reduction.