Housing standards

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.

Standard Notes

30.12.2014Tenancies (Reform) Bill 2014-15 (retaliatory eviction)
This note explains the law in relation to retaliatory eviction and evidence around the extent to which it occurs, before going on to explain the measures contained in the Tenancies (Reform) Bill.
10.09.2014Household Safety (Carbon Monoxide Detectors) Bill [Bill 26 of 2014-15]
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas. This Private Member's Bill aims to introduce a requirement that a functioning carbon monoxide detector must be installed in all newly built and all rented residential properties.
28.02.2014The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)
In 2006 the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) replaced the Housing Fitness Standard as the means for assessing standards in residential accommodation in England and Wales. It enables environmental health officers to assess housing conditions and take enforcement action in certain cirucmstances.
30.12.2013Houses in multiple occupation
Houses in multiple occupation. By Wendy Wilson. SN/SP/708. An overview of the powers local authorities have to control standards in HMOs.
30.12.2013Houses in multiple occupation & the Use Classes Order
This note explains the powers local authorities have via the planning system to limit the development of new houses in multiple occupation.

Research Papers

18.03.2008Housing and Regeneration Bill: Committee Stage Report
22.11.2007Housing and Regeneration Bill, Bill 8 of 2007-08
Housing and Regeneration Bill. (Bill 8 of 2007/08). House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/79.
29.01.2004Sustainable and Secure Buildings Bill (Bill 15 2003/04)
Sustainable and Secure Buildings Bill (Bill 15 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/10.
05.01.2004Housing Bill (Bill 11 2003/04)
Housing Bill (Bill 11 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/02.
07.08.2003Delivering the decent homes standards social landlords options and progress
Delivering the Decent Homes Standard:social landlords' options and progress. House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/65.

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 ...


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses