Priority: to improve standards in existing homes and encourage best use of all homes.
CRHB encourages making best use of existing homes by helping to improve housing conditions, improve energy efficiency, reduce the risks posed by poor quality and unsuitable housing particularly for vulnerable people, helping bring empty homes back into use and reducing both under-occupation and overcrowding.
Periodically, district housing teams commission a survey of housing conditions, surveying a sample of privately owned and rented homes, so they can monitor the physical condition of homes and plan any action needed, accordingly.
Sometimes surveys also cover housing association homes. Some surveys look only at the outside condition of homes (roofs, windows, walls, wind and weather-tightness) and some include surveys of the inside of homes too (with the occupant's agreement). These can tell much more about housing conditions, energy efficiency, and whether homes reach the decent homes standard and/or pose a risk to health and safety.
Please visit this page to see the most recent survey reports for each district.
Working with home improvement agencies
Please visit our page on home improvement agencies to find out more.
Please visit our Interactive Atlas | Fuel Poverty to find out more on fuel poverty across all wards in the seven districts of our housing sub-region.
You may also want to visit Action on Energy, a council-led scheme to help Cambridgeshire residents keep homes warm and save money.
Green Deal funded external insulation
These lovely pictures show properties in Eastfield, Chesterton - owned and managed by Hundred Houses Society - before and after Green Deal funded external insulation. You can find out more about the work on Hundred Houses website.
Please visit our empty homes page for useful links, local examples and opportunities to share ideas for joint working, to help partners bring empty buildings back into use as homes.
We are keen to work with a whole range of partners, from individual landlords to large agencies, to promote private renting as a high quality housing option for our residents. Representative bodies such as the National Landlords Association and the Association of Residential Letting Agents provide a wealth of information, and are key partners in understanding this growing area of our housing market.
Overcrowding and underoccupation
Huntingdonshire District Council has created a useful page of information about welfare reform and underoccupation, please click here.
Our strategic housing market assessment
Our SHMA includes information on existing homes across the seven district in our housing sub-region. You can find links to the relevant chapters, with the most recent first, below.