What is the 'HHSRS'?
The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) has introduced a new risk assessment system. This will affect all owners, landlords and social landlords. It aims to make homes healthier and safer to live in.
The system can deal with 29 hazards.
The assessment will show the presence of any serious 'Category 1' hazards and other less serious 'Category 2' hazards.
A risk assessment looks at the likelihood of an incident arising from the condition of the property and the likely harmful outcome. If we discover category 1 hazards in a home, we have a duty to take the most appropriate action.
How is it enforced and what are the penalties?
Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy
We have a duty to take action if our inspectors discover category 1 hazards in a home. They will offer advice on work that needs to be done. If this is ignored we may serve notice on a property owner requiring improvements to the property.
An officer will;
- Look for any risk of harm to an actual or potential occupant.
- Judge the risk that could cause harm over the next twelve months.
All judgements will be made based on people most vulnerable to the hazard. Even if they are not the occupant at the time.
A property owner who feels that an assessment is wrong can discuss this with the inspector and can challenge the enforcement decision through the Residential Property Tribunal.
Failure to comply with a statutory notice could lead to a fine of up to £5,000 and/or the council carrying out work in default.
What is the 'Decent Homes Standard'?
A decent home:
- Meets the current minimum standard for housing
- Is in a reasonable state of repair
- Has modern facilities and services
- Is not too cold
Please note: The Decent Homes Standard is not enforced by law. We do not have powers to require owners to comply.