The NHC has worked with the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, to review evidence on the first decent homes programme in the social and private rented sectors.

With the Decent Homes Standard under review, and a consultation on extending the Standard to the private rented sector having recently closed, the new report seeks to inform policy and practice.

Key themes emerging from the review:

  • The benefits of a holistic approach to decency in the dwelling, combined with long-term programmes and funding. This will avoid false economies associated with piecemeal interventions.
  • Resident engagement is key to building momentum around Decent Homes 2, and building trust, especially for works that may not have obvious immediate benefits to residents.
  • Localised coordination and collaboration is needed to achieve economies of scale, coordinate skills and training strategies, and to bring the private rented sector up to the new standard.
  • There are merits to a tiered standard looking beyond the front door to the wider neighbourhood, and a staggered approach to implementation.
  • There is a need to plan for the legacy of any Decent Homes 2 programme, safeguarding the investment made and maintaining compliance with the new standard.

Commenting, NHC Executive Director Brian Robson, who sits on the DLUHC Decent Homes Review Sounding Board said:

“We must ensure that future programmes of investment in decency and net zero deliver maximum benefits for tenants, neighbourhoods and landlords. The CaCHE team have done a great job reviewing the evidence from the last programme and presenting lessons for policy-makers and practitioners. The task ahead is about much more than just setting a new Standard – it’s about developing a holistic long-term approach to delivery.”

Report author Michael Marshall, of the University of Sheffield, will join leaders from the NHC membership on 3rd November to discuss the findings at a virtual webinar. Book your place using MyNHC.