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Housing Health and Safety Rating System HHSRS
The HHSRS is a system devised by the University of Warwick to measure the probability of injury and likely severity for twenty nine types of hazard that can occur in domestic dwellings taking into account the type and age of property and likely occupants.
The Hazards Are
1. Damp and mould growth
2. Excess cold
3. Excess heat
4. Asbestos and MMF
6. Carbon monoxide and fuel combustion products
9. Uncombusted fuel gas
10. Volatile organic compounds
11. Crowding and space
12. Entry by intruders
15. Domestic hygiene, pests and refuse
16. Food safety
17. Personal hygiene, sanitation and drainage
18. Water supply
19. Falls associated with baths etc
20. Falling on level surfaces etc
21. Falling on stairs etc
22. Falling between levels
23. Electrical hazards
25. Flames, hot surfaces etc
26. Collision and entrapment
28. Position and operability of amenities etc
29. Structural collapse and falling elements
It can be used by reputable landlords to asses the risk of accidents and ill health to occupiers of their properties with a view to remedial action.
More often the system is used by local authority Environmental Health and Housing Officers.
Depending on the Local Authority and Officer involved this can lead to the service of a notice on a landlord to take action is respect of serious or even trivial matters. Potential remedies include Improvement Notices, Emergency Action, Prohibition Orders, Closing Orders, for which the Local Authority can levy a charge. Failure to take action by the Landlord can result in imprisonment.
If you have received an Improvement, Repair or Minded To Notice it is important that these notices are treated seriously as they carry potential for criminal penalties but there are many opportunities to challenge them or the amount of works required. It is also important that action is taken quickly as otherwise you can loose the right to challenge the notice which is ultimately before the independent Residential Property Tribunal.
Assess the Notice in accordance with Housing Health and Safety Rating System Guidance Notes.
- Advise on what can and can not be realistically challenged.
- Advise on local authority enforcement options.