The Government has set targets for both social housing providers and private sector landlords to improve their properties so that there are increased numbers of 'Decent
Homes' in the UK housing stock. The target focuses on vulnerable households,
including families with children, and deprived areas. Although this guide incorporates the Decent Homes standard as a baseline for good practice, there is currently no statutory requirement for private sector landlords to meet the standard. However, by meeting the HHSRS statutory requirement landlords will be achieving one
element of the Decent Homes standard.