Improvement in housing standards

INVESTIGATIONS into standards of housing in the district have thrown up some favourable results.

More than two thirds of vulnerable householders are living in decent accommodation – according to the survey carried out by North Somerset Council.

The authority’s survey covered a random sample of 1,000 properties across the district and looked at the general characteristics of the buildings.

The energy-performance rating of the housing stock has improved significantly since 2007 and the private rented sector in the district has increased, suggesting a buoyant market with further expansion likely, according to the results.

The proportion of modern properties being used is higher than the national average and the proportion of buildings overall in poor condition is lower than the national average, with the owner-occupied sector in significantly better condition than in the UK as a whole.

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Since 2005 the level of non-decent housing has gone down from 37.7 per cent to 29.5 percent and the number of vulnerable households living in decent accommodation has gone up from 58.3 per cent to 68.6 per cent.

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