The housing stock condition in the private rented sector: a case study on student housing in Portsmouth

Summers, Daryl (2011) The housing stock condition in the private rented sector: a case study on student housing in Portsmouth. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The scope of the Decent Homes Standard applies only to households defined as vulnerable who occupy the private sector. Students are not included in this definition and are vulnerable to occupying non-decent dwellings. The secondary research identified the condition of the PRS housing stock was in the worst condition nationally than any other housing sector. The common issues were dwellings not meeting statutory minimum standards for housing and because of the age of the stock, experienced issues with excess cold. An evaluation of the HMO and HHSRS legislations identified they did not sufficiently provide help to the student sector, even though they were implemented to improve the housing standards and the help available to occupants in the PRS. Therefore, the aim of this dissertation was to assess the condition of the student housing stock in Portsmouth, establishing if Government legislations required amendment to improve the housing standards.

    Conducting a student housing stock condition survey by distributing questionnaires to students, conducting an interview with a SHLO at the University of Portsmouth and taking photographs of example properties to show variations of housing conditions achieved this aim. The primary research found the majority of the student housing stock in Portsmouth was in a decent condition, but revealed there were areas of concern that were similar to the common issues experienced in the national PRS housing profile. The research found introducing a national and compulsory Landlord Accreditation Scheme would be a better solution than making further amendments to already complex Government legislations. The scheme annually inspects all PRS dwellings for visually obvious defects, ensuring the achievement of minimum housing standards and good property management for all occupants in the PRS.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2011 13:29
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:48

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