Environmental Health and Housing

Environmental Health and Housing

Environmental Health and Housing

Environmental Health and Housing

Synopsis

The book includes basic technical information for completing house surveys, detailed yet clear backgrounds to and explanations of applying relevant legislation and discussion of current policy and strategy. All this is backed with case studies and examples of how theory and law are put into practice in real situations. Unique in its coverage, clearly illustrated and covering such diverse topics as housing defects, caravan sites, asylum seekers and social exclusion, the book is essential reading for everyone involved in the housing sector.

Excerpt

The private housing sector comprises the majority tenure in the UK, and to a large extent it regulates itself because owners are willing and able to invest in what amounts to a substantial capital asset. However, the nation's housing stock is ageing and requires constant maintenance to keep it in a reasonable state of repair. Many house owners are unable, or sometimes unwilling, to maintain their accommodation in a reasonable state of repair. There are also those who may require assistance to make their homes suitable for their specific needs, including the growing elderly population and those with disabilities. Many lower-income groups have little active choice in the housing market, and, unable to access social housing (as defined in Chapter 1), occupy accommodation at the bottom end of the private rented sector where conditions can be extremely poor.

While there is a plethora of information concerning social housing, there is less written about private sector housing, and what is written tends to be disparate and some housing law and practice texts require updating. The sector is important in the housing cycle-many rent before buying, some are never in a position to buy, others do not wish to, some move from private renting into the social sector, and so on. There is also little written about those who live in structures other than traditional housing, including mobile homes, caravans, houseboats and selfbuilt structures where security of tenure is closely tied to land rights. The sector itself is complex, with a complex structure of associated housing and housing-related law and practice. There is no one book dedicated to drawing the complexities of the private housing sector together and consolidating the range of knowledge required by those with an interest in the sector.

This book seeks to fill that gap. It provides, in one volume, the range of housing knowledge needed to understand issues in the sector, its threats and opportunities. The book provides a technical overview of housing, from an introduction to identifying housing defects and terminology to drafting specifications of work, and it provides an understanding

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