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Welsh Housing Quality Standard

The Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) is the Welsh Government's target standard for all social housing in Wales.

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The Standard states that all homes should be: 

  • In a good state of repair

Dwellings must be structurally stable, free from damp and disrepair with key building components being in good condition - roofs, walls, windows, doors and chimneys.

  • Safe and secure

Dwellings should be free from risks that could cause serious harm and should be secure in key areas of the home: Heating and electrical systems should be up to date and safe, doors and windows to provide good levels of security, any risk of falls from height should be prevented, fire safety measures should be in a good condition and well designed.

  • Adequately heated, fuel efficient and well insulated

Dwellings should be capable of being heated adequately by ensuring heating systems are fuel efficient and properties are well insulated. 

  • Contain up to date kitchens and bathrooms

Kitchen and bathroom facilities are to be relatively modern and in good condition; sufficient to meet the needs of the household and well laid out to prevent accidents.

  • Located in attractive and safe environments

Homes should be located in an environment which residents can relate to and in which they are proud to live. 

  • Suit the specific requirements of the household

The accommodation provided within the dwelling should as far as possible, suit the needs of the household.

To find out more about work that has been completed so far and future planned work in the various areas of Swansea see .

Welsh Housing Quality Standard - Capital Programme update - Autumn 2017

The Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) is the Welsh Government's target standard for all social housing in Wales.

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