Review into the Housing Health & Safety Rating System

The government has appointed RH Environmental to undertake research into the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and make appropriate recommendations on various issues, including updating the HHSRS enforcement guidance, the landlord’s guidance and the tenant’s guidance.

The Housing Health and Safety Rating System is a tool used to assess health and safety risks arising from deficient residential dwellings. It is used by local authorities when investigating complaints about a property and informs their decisions on what actions, if any, they should take to enforce housing standards.

A good landlord will always want to keep their property safe and habitable for their tenant and most landlords are aware of the need to keep their rental properties in good order. A complaint about disrepair in a property can delay the landlord’s ability to serve a s21 notice.

Landlords and tenants are being invited to complete separate online surveys by RH Environmental in order to provide their views, as the review will impact on a wide range of people within the property and rental business. The surveys are available for completion until 31 March 2021, the survey for landlords can be accessed here.

The project will run over a 2 year period and will also look at possible new minimum standards.

If you are a landlord or tenant and require advice on matters of disrepair and housing standards, or on any other landlord and tenant issues, then please email Fiona Hannaford or call her on 01803 403403.

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