Decent homes

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Decent Homes is a refurbishment programme for council homes across Wolverhampton. The Decent Homes programme is a national scheme to raise the standard of social housing. Wolverhampton Homes has already brought more than 20,000 homes up to the Government standard.

A decent home should:

  • be in a reasonable state of repair
  • be warm
  • meet current legal housing standards
  • have an appropriately located bathroom and toilet
  • have adequate noise insulation
  • have adequate space and layout in common areas of flats
  • have reasonable modern facilities and services which means:
    • a kitchen that is no more than 20 years old
    • a kitchen with adequate space and layout
    • a bathroom that is no more than 30 years old

Under the Government standard, a home is still classed as ‘decent’ if it meets four of the points above. Homes which do not meet a defined standard of decency will receive new fixtures, fitting and improvements according to their individual requirements.

The Decent Homes Programme sets out when work may be carried out inside or outside your home, as well as the construction firm which will carry out the work. We are working with our experienced partners to deliver this work – United Living (formerly Bullock Construction) and Wates Living Space.

More about the programme

  • All homes will be surveyed to see what improvement work is needed.
  • Decent Homes is a Government programme designed to update and improve homes to a certain standard. If your property doesn’t meet the Decent Homes standard, you could see a range of improvements.

Improvements you could see

  • Decent Homes internal work could include a new kitchen, bathroom, re-wiring, new front or rear doors, central heating and other improvements.
  • The areas with the highest need will be upgraded first, focusing on homes that need most work. 

You may have different work carried out to your neighbour, as some properties may only need some improvements and others may not need any at all.

To find out more, read our Decent Homes Information Pack.

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