Houses owned by housing associations and local authorities have to be in good condition as part of the housing quality standard.
All social housing must be maintained and kept in good condition. Housing associations and local authorities with social rented homes are responsible for meeting and maintaining homes to the housing quality standard.
The standard has been updated to reflect changes in the way people live, work and feel about their homes. The Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) 2023 will continue to improve the quality of people’s homes, sets new targets to address decarbonisation and water efficiency.
For social landlords to meet the standard, homes must be:
- in a good state of repair
- safe and secure
- affordable to heat and have minimal environmental impact
- fitted with an up-to-date kitchen and utility area
- fitted with an up-to-date bathroom
- comfortable and promotes wellbeing
- a suitable garden; and have
- attractive outside space.
We administer two funds to help housing associations and local authorities with their social housing stock:
- Major repairs allowance
- Dowry gap funding
Major repairs allowance
We give funding to the 11 local authorities who continue to manage and maintain social housing.
Funding 2023 to 2024
- Caerphilly £7,300,000
- Cardiff £9,570,000
- Carmarthenshire £6,200,000
- Denbighshire £2,370,000
- Flintshire £4,980,000
- Isle of Anglesey £2,690,000
- Pembrokeshire £4,000,000
- Powys £3,720,000
- Swansea £9,280,000
- Vale of Glamorgan £2,770,000
- Wrexham £7,520,000
Dowry gap funding
We give funding to 10 housing associations to help them improve their social housing. These housing associations were formed when local authorities transferred their responsibility for social housing across to these organisations.
Funding 2023 to 2024
- 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