Derby Housing Standards is set to save the NHS £0.25 million with a £0.75 million benefit to wider society according to a new report.

In the last year, Housing Standards have responded to over 450 complaints about unhealthy and dangerous living conditions and proactively inspected properties belonging to known ‘rogue’ landlords.

This has directly resulted in reduced pressure on GP’s and the wider NHS due to fewer home related injuries and ill-health caused by poor living conditions.

A cost benefit evaluation of the teams work in 2016-17 is estimated to have produced annual savings to the NHS of over £0.25 million pounds and to wider society of over £0.75 million for the next 25 years. This equates to a total savings to wider society of nearly £25 million pounds, over the 25 years. In addition, after interventions by the Housing Standards Team, tenants’ homes are usually more secure against intruders and less likely to suffer the consequences of fire, saving both the Police and Fire Service money.

Councillor Fareed Hussain, Cabinet Member for Urban Renewal said:

“Everyone has the right to live in a safe and healthy home and the work by our Housing Standards team ensures that this is the case for residents in Derby. The help we provide to improve living standards in turn improves residents health and reduces pressure on the NHS.”

If residents are concerned about their living conditions, they should visit the or contact the Housing Standards Team on 01332 640764 or by email at housing.standards@derby.gov.uk. More information about housing standards in Derby, including our accredited property scheme is available on our website.

The Council’s Housing Standards Team works across the city to improve living standards for private tenants in Derby. They licence owners of larger houses in multiple occupation making sure that they are fit and proper people and that the buildings they let are suitable for occupation. They also work closely with members of the Normanton and Peartree Landlords’ Association and other responsible landlords; offering training courses and seminars, producing newsletters and running a property accreditation scheme for those who wish to be recognised for letting quality accommodation.