House condition survey begins

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has a statutory responsibility for carrying out regular House Condition Surveys. This year’s survey started at the end of May. housing execThe survey examines the condition and energy efficiency of homes in both the private and social sectors and the results are used to guide priorities for housing expenditure. If your home has been selected then you will receive a letter in advance informing you of a visit from a trained professional surveyor. If you have not received a letter or the surveyor is unable to provide identification then you should refuse entry. The Housing Executive’s Head of Research, Joe Frey, said, “Our first survey in 1974 painted a very bleak picture with one in five homes in Northern Ireland classified as unfit. Since then there has been a dramatic improvement in housing conditions, supported by significant Government funding. In 2011 the unfitness rate had fallen to below 5%. “The House Condition Survey is a very important piece of research and I would urge everyone who is contacted to take part to help us build as comprehensive a picture of Northern Ireland’s housing as possible. The survey will take approximately an hour to complete, depending on the size of the property. “The survey will also give you the opportunity to ask a professionally qualified surveyor any questions you may have regarding the condition of your home and improving its energy efficiency. The survey is completely confidential and any information given will be treated as such. No individuals or households will be identified in the report.”
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May June 2016 updatedIf you feel that you need further information then you can ring the House Condition Survey Helpline at the Housing Executive on 0800 072 0987. For Text Relay please dial 18001 03448 920 900. If you require a sign-language interpreter or translator, this can also be arranged.
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