More tenants could be left without decent homes by 2010 after housing associations were given the opportunity to apply for an extension to the government’s deadline.
In 2001 about 1.6 million council and housing association homes were named as non-decent following the 2001 English House Condition Survey. The government set targets to make sure homes meet standards of construction and maintenance decency by 2010.
The Housing Corporation, a government agency, has allowed associations to apply for an exemption on some of their homes. The deadline for councils who are to transfer homes or set up arm’s length management organisations has also been relaxed. Campaigners have said they will lobby for tenants to be reballoted on estates that had already transferred and then got an extension.