The Northern Ireland Housing Executive’s statutory responsibility in relation to housing research is set out in the Housing (NI) Order 1981.  Article 6 states that the Housing Executive “shall regularly examine housing conditions and need”.

This legislation provides the statutory basis for the Housing Executive to undertake House Condition Surveys (HCS).  The HCS provides a wealth of information, which is readily available to, and is regularly requested by government departments, government agencies, the voluntary sector, charities, universities and many private sector interests  All tenures and types of housing are included, for example, owner occupied and rented housing, vacant dwellings, houses in multiple occupation, apartments, urban and rural properties.