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DLGE to carry out a condition survey of Private Houses and Flats on the Island 24 September 2007

The Department of Local Government and the Environment (the Department) is to carry out a condition survey of private houses and flats in the Isle of Man later this year.

After a competitive tendering process the Department has appointed David Adamson and Partners to undertake the survey that will help gauge the overall condition of the Island’s privately-owned housing stock. The information obtained from the survey will then be used to review the various home improvement schemes that are available to maintain and improve the condition of such accommodation.

The Department carries out such surveys every five years or so and this will be the fifth survey since the first survey was carried out in 1984.

John Howie, Environmental/Public Health Unit, Manager stated,

“By measuring the overall condition of the Island’s housing stock and after making comparison with previous survey results, the Department can identify trends which can help to formulate policies and help determine how to spend monies available as housing grants.
Previous surveys have led the Department to commit monies to new initiatives such as the provision of adequate thermal insulation in houses and to improve the efficiency of central heating systems.
The survey of a property, will normally take no more than 20 minutes and will be carried out in three stages. In the first instance a surveyor will assess the exterior of the property, noting its general type, construction and condition. The surveyor will then require access to the inside of the property, again to assess its construction and condition. This element of the survey will not involve any disruption to the property or its contents. Finally, the surveyor will ask the occupier some general questions about both the property and its occupants”.

Mr Howie has also issued an assurance that all information collected will be treated in the strictest confidence and will be used for statistical purposes only.

John Shimmin, Minister for the Department added,

“To get an accurate picture of private housing on the Island we need to make sure all types of housing are surveyed. The survey will be carried out during the period October to December 2007, and I will be writing to those randomly selected to help us with more details on when the visit will take place and the security measures we will have in place to safeguard householders from bogus surveyors. This will include the notification of a free phone number to use for any queries or to confirm the identity of the surveyor.

I hope everyone selected will agree to take part and I thank them in advance for their help with this survey. Their co-operation is very important as taking part will be of benefit to all residents of private sector accommodation in the Isle of Man.”

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