The decent homes standard only applies to social housing providers registered with the Tenant Services Authority. The standard does not apply to charitable organisations but the Almshouses Association can provide advice about accessing funding for improvements.
In order to tackle the worst housing conditions, in April 2006, we introduced the housing health and safety rating system. This is a new way of assessing properties to make homes safer and applies to all residential properties. If a local authority considers that there is a serious (Category 1) hazard, it has a duty to take the most appropriate action. This can include serving an “improvement notice” on the landlord to remove the Category 1 hazard within a reasonable period of time. It is believed that responsible landlords will need, and want to be able to identify those factors that may cause hazards and carry out improvements accordingly.