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Housing: Standards

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information she has on the standard assessment procedure (SAP) rating of homes, broken down by tenure, in (a) 1996, (b) 2001 and (c) the latest period for which figures are available; what the minimum SAP rating is to achieve the decent homes standard; and if she will make a statement. (124598)

The English House Condition Survey (EHCS) reports for 1996, 2001 and 2004 give details of average SAP ratings for dwellings in England, broken down by dwelling type, age and tenure. Copies of these reports are available in the Library of the House, or from the Communities and Local Government website at

There is no specific SAP rating required by the decent homes standard. However, in order for a home to be decent it must have both efficient heating and effective insulation, and must be free of category 1 hazards under the housing health and safety rating system, including hazards from cold.

An SAP rating of less than 35 (using the 2001 SAP methodology) has been established as a proxy for the likely presence of a category 1 hazard from excess cold.