Private sector house condition survey 2018

We have a responsibility to consider the condition of houses within the borough of Trafford. This will help us to make decisions, such as where to allocate funding and what types of help people need.

With this in mind, we are about to start a house-condition survey of private homes in Trafford, and this survey is being carried out on our behalf by David Adamson & Partners Limited - who specialise in this type of survey for councils across the country.

Your home may be selected, in a random sample, for inclusion in the survey and we hope if this is the case you will help us by allowing a surveyor into your home. The surveyor will need to view the front and rear of your property and will also need to see all rooms inside. This will not involve any disruption to your home or contents. The surveyor will also ask you some general details about yourself and other household members. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not identify individual property or household details. Data collected is presented in a number format only.

All surveyors will carry a photo card and identity card from David Adamson & Partners Limited. Please ask to see it before allowing the surveyor into you home. If you are not sure, don’t let them in but contact the survey office on Freephone 0800 056 1051. David Adamson and Partners Ltd can also be contacted on office number 0131 229 7351.

Surveys will take place from November 2018 to end of January 2019. The surveyor may call anytime between 9am and 8pm Monday to Friday and between 10am to 6pm on a Saturday. You don’t need to wait in for anyone to call as a second visit will be made if you are unavailable. Alternatively, you can make arrangements for a surveyor to call at a time to suit you by calling Freephone 0800 056 1051.

If you have any queries regarding the verification of this letter please contact Trafford Councilon 0161 912 1377.Your cooperation with this survey will be of great assistance, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, in anticipation of your help. If you have received this letter in error as a housing association tenant please ignore and accept our apologies for any inconvenience.

Frequently asked questions

Trafford Council is not alone in undertaking a house condition survey; most local authorities carry out such surveys so that they can get a better understanding of the condition of the housing stock in their area.

Why have I been asked to take part in the survey?

To help give us a true picture of housing conditions in the city.

How was I chosen and do I have to take part?

Purely by chance.  A computer generated random numbers to pick several thousand addresses from a list of all addresses in the city.  You do not have to take part but we would appreciate your assistance.

How does this help give a true picture of housing conditions?

By surveying a random sample of dwellings (houses, flats or bedsits) the condition of all other dwellings in the area can be predicted.

How will this help get funds for Trafford Council?

As and when we are able to bid for funding from Central Government, having accurate information on housing conditions should increase the likelihood of a bid being successful.

Will I get any help by taking part?

Even if you are never likely to need any help from us, by helping us build up an overall picture you will be assisting in any future bids to Government for funding to invest in improving private housing in poor condition. This not only provides help to residents who may be elderly or on low income, but also stops wider areas declining and may help preserve the value of your property.

What if there isn’t anything wrong with my house?

To ensure the survey captures an accurate picture of housing condition in the city, we would like every household selected to participate. Each property that is missed makes the survey less reliable.

What does the survey involve?

The surveyors are usually in your home for no more than thirty minutes, sometimes less for smaller properties. You can help by pointing out any known defects and by answering questions for the social survey.

Why use an external firm to assist with the survey?

David Adamson & Partners Ltd. are specialists in this kind of survey work and operate nationally using surveyors from all parts of the country.

How can I be sure that the surveyor is who he/she says they are?

The surveyors all carry an identity card with their photograph on, which they will show to you on their arrival.

Will taking part in the survey affect my Council Tax payment?

The survey has no connection to Council Tax, so taking part will not change your property banding.