Improving housing standards
The decent homes standard is a measure of general housing condition introduced by the government in 2000.
It is not compulsory for private landlords to take any action to bring their properties up to this standard but we advise that you aim to meet them.
A decent home will need to meet the following criteria:
- Meet the statutory minimum standard for housing where it is free of all category 1 hazards under the housing health and safety rating system.
- Be in a reasonable state of repair.
- Have reasonably modern facilities and services.
- Provide a reasonable degree of thermal comfort.
A decent home must also provide satisfactory amenities and not be overcrowded.
The three local authorities within the Greater Norwich area can provide the means to help private landlords improve their properties. Contact your local authority to find out more.