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Housing: Standards

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of properties (a) in the private rented sector and (b) under owner occupation in each (i) region and (ii) London local authority area are deemed to be below the Decent Homes standard. (257384)

The English House Condition survey provides national estimates of the number and proportion of homes below the Decent Homes standard in each of the main tenures.

The survey can provide estimates for each tenure only by grouped regions. The number and proportion of private rented and owner occupied homes assessed to be below the Decent Homes standard by the English House Condition survey are provided for three regional groups by averaging three years of survey data (2005-06 to 2007-08) to establish reasonably robust results for each tenure in Table 1 as follows. Taking into account margins of error associated with the sample survey, the table indicates.

For the private rented sector, south east regions (London and South East regions combined) have below average proportions of non-decent homes, but there is no significant difference between other regional groups and the national average for this sector.

For the owner occupied sector, there is no significant difference between any of the regional groups and the national average for this sector.

Table 1: Number and percentage of privately rented and owner-occupied homes that are non- decent by regional group, 2006

Number (Thousand)

Percentage of regional group

Private rented

Northern regions



South east regions



Rest of England



All regions



Owner occupied

Northern regions



South east regions



Rest of England



All regions



Regional groups:

Northern regions include North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber; south east regions include London and South East; rest of England includes East of England, East Midlands, West Midlands and South West.


Results are based on data collected from March 2005 to April 2008. They are based on the updated definition of the Decent Homes standard which incorporates the Housing Health and Safety Rating System as its statutory criterion.


2005-06 to 2007-08 English House Condition Surveys.

Information for London local authorities is not available.