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Traditionally this council's housing service has been a flagship department and has been proud of the service it delivers to tenants. Compared to many other authorities the standard of accommodation provided by NFDC has always been rated as good but under the new rules it is anticipated that considerable additional investment will need to be made to council properties by the year 2010. A full assessment of potential costs is currently being undertaken.
To reach the standard set down by the Government all homes must be in a reasonable state of repair, with reasonably modern facilities, effective insulation and efficient heating. All properties will be expected to meet minimum standards such as hot and cold water, lighting and heating and adequate facilities for food preparation.
In addition to these basic requirements, homes must also pass four of the following categories to qualify as having reasonably modern facilities:
- A modern kitchen.
- A kitchen with adequate space and layout.
- A modern bathroom.
- An appropriately located bathroom and toilet.
- Adequate noise insulation (where external or neighbour noise is a problem).
- Adequate size and layout of common areas for blocks of flats.
It is in these areas that it is anticipated investment will need to be made to ensure all homes pass the Decent Homes test.