Housing standards

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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on housing standards. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

23.08.2016New-build housing: construction defects - issues and solutions (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the existing building control regime and customers' means of redress when faced with defects in newly built housing. It summarises the findings of the APPG's 2016 inquiry and recommended actions.
09.08.2016Comparing private rented sector policies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides a summary of the different approaches adopted by the Governments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in regard to some key areas of private rented sector policy.
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Housing
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on housing.
24.05.2016Housing fitness in the private rented sector
This Commons Library Briefing Paper looks at current legislation regulating property standards in the private rented sector, and at debates over whether there should be a legal minimum maintenance standard for rented homes.
24.05.2016The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)
This Commons Library briefing paper gives an overview of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). The HHSRS is a risk based assessment tool which is used by environmental health officers to assess the risk (the likelihood and severity) of a hazard in residential housing to the health and safety of occupants or visitors. The paper looks at some of the reviews and reports into the operation of the HHSRS. It also looks briefly at wider housing conditions and standards.
05.05.2016Empty housing (England)
This Housing of Commons Library briefing outlines local authorities' powers to tackle empty housing and other relevant initiatives. It also discusses Government action around this issue.
10.02.2016The UN Inquiry into the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the UK
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is conducting an inquiry into the impact of the UK Government's policies on people with disabilities in relation to their human rights obligations. This briefing paper provides information on the Committee, details of the inquiry and an overview of the Government's policies in relation to people with disabilities.
04.02.2016Dealing with infestations in privately rented property (England)
This House of Commons Briefing Paper provides an overview of the factors to consider when deciding who is responsible for tackling infestations in privately rented housing, together with a summary of the powers available to local authorities.
09.12.2015Housing an Ageing Population (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing paper discusses the challenges around providing housing for older people in the midst of both a growing population and a still recovering housing market. It covers issues around housing stock; adaptations; retirement housing and asset release.
24.09.2015Smoke Alarms, Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Legionella: Landlords' Responsibilities
This short briefing paper lays out the requirements on private landlords with reference to smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and the avoidance of Legionnaires' Disease (caused by the Legionella bacteria).


03.05.2016Carbon Footprint of Heat Generation
Heat Policy takes into account the carbon footprint of different heating technologies. This POSTnote summarises evidence about the carbon footprints of current and emerging heating technologies in the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors. It then outlines wider considerations for heat policy and broad assessments of the 'best' way to reduce emissions from heating.

Early Day Motions

That this House expresses deep concern about the failure of Adactus Housing Association of Manchester to reply to repeated correspondence, dating back to early July 2010, from the right ...
That this House notes that the UK has just recently experienced one of the coldest winter periods of the past century; is therefore alarmed by reports of the plight of local council ...
That this House is deeply concerned that funding has been redirected from the Decent Homes Programme to pay for new build homes; notes that this means that any Arms Length Management ...
That this House condemns the action of Testway Housing in Hampshire in failing to remove asbestos from as many as 60 homes in Romsey before a promised deadline; notes with concern reports ...
That this House congratulates Inside Housing on the Safe as Houses campaign to raise awareness about housing safety standards, following the Lakanal House fire, which tragically claimed ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses