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.

Commons Briefing Papers

18.01.2016Empty housing (England)
This briefing outlines local authorities' powers to tackle empty housing and other relevant initiatives. It also discusses Government action around this issue.
13.01.2016The 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.
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.
13.10.2015Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill [Bill 15 of 2015-16]
This Private Members Bill would amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to require all private rented accommodation to be provided and maintained as "fit for human habitation".
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).
27.03.2015The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)
This note briefly explains the old Housing Fitness Standard and the reasons for its replacement in 2006 with the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System before giving an overview of how the new HHSRS works. The HHSRS enables environmental health officers to assess housing conditions and take enforcement action in certain cirucmstances.
19.03.2015The Parties' housing policy commitments 2015
This note collates public commitments made on housing policy by the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP and the Green Party ahead of the publication of the parties' 2015 election manifestos.
10.03.2015Constituency casework: housing (England)
This note provides a guide to reliable sources of information (including other House of Commons Library briefings) for answering common constituents' housing problems.
10.03.2015Sources of Statistics: Housing
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on housing.
13.02.2015Retaliatory eviction in the private rented sector
This note explains the law in relation to retaliatory eviction and evidence around the extent to which it occurs, before going on to explain attempts to reform the law.

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