The Northern Ireland Housing Executive’s (NIHE) 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.

The House Condition Survey provides a wealth of information, which is readily available to, and is used not only by housing managers and policy makers but indeed, is regularly sourced by Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), councils, government departments, agencies, charities and a range of private sector interests. 

The survey provides an update of key figures in relation to the Decent Homes Standard, fuel poverty and the energy efficiency of homes.  It also provides an update on the dwelling stock, its residents and the quality of the stock, including its state of repair.air.