Existing homes (2014)

Priority: to improve standards in existing homes and encourage best use of all homes.

Image of residential street in CambridgeCRHB 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.

Housing conditions

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.

Fuel poverty

Action on Energy logo

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

Eastfield - before renovationEastfield-after renovation

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.

Empty homes

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.

Working with landlords and lettings agents National Landlord Association logo

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.

Association of Residential Letting Agents logo

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.