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 examines the condition and energy efficiency of homes in the owner occupied, private rented and social sectors and the results are used to guide priorities for housing expenditure.