The Housing Fitness Standard, which has been in place in its current form since 1992, sets out what each home should comprise in order to be considered fit to live in.  

The current standard lists the internal and external fabric, and lists those things which must be present, namely:

  • it is structurally stable
  • it is free from serious disrepair
  • it is free from dampness prejudicial to the health of the occupants (if any)
  • it has adequate provision for lighting, heating and ventilation
  • it has an adequate piped supply of wholesome water
  • there are satisfactory facilities in the house for the preparation and cooking of food, including a sink with a satisfactory supply of hot and cold water
  • it has a suitably located water-closet for the exclusive use of the occupants (if any)
  • it has, for the exclusive use of the occupants (if any), a suitably located fixed bath or shower and wash-hand basin each of which is provided with a satisfactory supply of hot and cold water; and
  • it has an effective system for the draining of foul, waste and surface water

Where a home is a flat the standard requires that the building in which the flat is contained is structurally stable, free from serious disrepair and dampness, has adequate ventilation and has an effective system for draining of foul, surface and waste water.

Review of the Housing Fitness Standard

The Department has commenced a review of the housing fitness standard and as a first step has circulated a discussion document and supporting papers.  The Department is seeking views on a range of issues including the possible content of any revised standard. 

View the Review of the Housing Fitness Standard documents.


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