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Houses owned by housing associations and local authorities have to be in good condition as part of the housing quality standard.

First published:
10 April 2019
Last updated:

All social housing must be updated and kept in good condition. Housing associations and local authorities with council houses are responsible for this.

The deadline for achieving the standard was the end of December 2020. Social landlords must maintain the WHQS on an ongoing basis.

Covid-19 has significantly impacted planned programmes of work. Whilst the majority of social landlords have met the standard and continue to maintain it, an extension beyond the deadline has been agreed by the then Minister for Housing and Local Government where required. 

To meet the standard, houses must be:

  • in a good state of repair
  • safe and secure
  • adequately heated, fuel efficient and well insulated
  • contain up to date kitchens and bathrooms
  • well managed (for rented housing)
  • located in attractive and safe environments
  • where possible, suitable for the specific needs of those living there, such as those with disabilities

An updated standard is currently being developed and it is anticipated that this will be issued for consultation in spring 2022.

We administer 2 funds to help housing associations and local authorities with council houses:

  • major repairs allowance
  • dowry gap funding

Major repairs allowance

We give funding to 11 local authorities who manage and look after their council houses.

Funding 2021 to 2022

  • Isle of Anglesey £2,685,000
  • Denbighshire £2,381,000
  • Flintshire £4,968,000
  • Wrexham £7,521,000
  • Powys £3,732,000
  • Pembrokeshire £3,993,000
  • Carmarthenshire £6,225,000
  • Vale of Glamorgan £2,770,000
  • Cardiff £9,557,000
  • Caerphilly £7,297,000
  • Swansea £9,271,000

Dowry gap funding

We give funding to 10 housing associations to help them improve their houses. These housing associations were set up when local authorities transferred their council houses.

Funding 2021 to 2022

  • Trivallis (formerly RCT Homes) £7,300,000
  • Newport City Homes £6,500,000
  • Tai Tarian (formerly NPT Homes) £6,200,000
  • Bron Afon Community Housing £5,800,000
  • Tai Calon £4,200,000
  • Adra (formerly Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd) £4,100,000
  • Merthyr Valleys Homes £2,900,000
  • Cartrefi Conwy £2,600,000
  • Monmouthshire Housing Association £2,600,000
  • Barcud £1,600,000