Decent Homes Standard for Private Rented Sector: Consultation

The Department for Levelling-Up, Housing, and Communities (DLUHC) has launched an open consultation on the introduction and enforcement of a Decent Homes Standard in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in England.

This consultation follows the landmark white paper, ‘A fairer private rented sector’, which set out the Government’s commitment to introduce a legally binding Decent Homes Standard to the PRS for the first time. Under the new proposals, landlords would be legally required to ensure their property meets a reasonable standard.

This change aims to improve parity with the Social Rented Sector (which has been subject to a Decent Homes Standard since 2001) and create a fairer system for landlords, preventing unfair treatment of tenants, which may tarnish the reputation of the sector.

Following stakeholder engagement sessions, the DLUHC now welcomes further views on how to apply and enforce the standard in the PRS, and what the minimum standard for privately rented homes should be. Access the below link for further information and to take part in the consultation.

Access Now: A Decent Homes Standard in the private rented sector: consultation

Consultation Summary

This consultation will last for 6 weeks, from Friday 2 September 2022 to Friday 14 October 2022.

The proposals relate to England only.

A decent home in the PRS must meet the following 4 criteria:

  • It meets the current statutory minimum standard for housing,
  • It is in a reasonable state of repair,
  • It has reasonable facilities and services, and
  • It provides a reasonable degree of thermal comfort.

There will be some exemptions (e.g., listed buildings where permissions are not possible).

Reliance will be on the landlord to self-declare whether the property is decent through a digital Property Portal.

Final Takeaways

"This consultation is significant not only in the requirements surrounding energy efficiency but as part of the plan for aligning the PRS, Owner Occupied and RSL sector dwellings to similar standards. Though there is no additional burden to hit EPC C in this particular consultation, it does refer to the MEES regulations, which will need to be updated pending the conclusion of that specific regulation’s consultation." - Andrew Parkin, Managing Director

If any scheme members would like to take part in this consultation, we advise acting quickly to meet the closing date of 11:45 pm on 14 October 2022. Please email certification@stroma.com should you have any questions.