The Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is a method for assessing health and safety risks in residential properties. It replaces the fitness standard that was used under the Housing Act 1985.
Any residential premises, including its structure, access areas, yard, gardens and outbuildings can be assessed.
How is a property assessed under HHSRS?
The inspector will identify hazards that are likely to lead to harm whilst the property is in use, and will then assess the seriousness of harm that the hazard may cause.
Action we may take:
- serve an improvement notice requiring essential repairs or improvements to reduce or remove the hazard
- make a prohibition order, closing all or part of a building or restricting the number of occupiers to reduce or remove a hazard
- take emergency action to deal with any imminent risk to the occupiers from a severe hazard
- serve a Hazard Awareness notice that informs that a hazard is present
Further HHSRS guidance