The housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS) is a risk-based evaluation tool to help us identify and protect against potential health and safety risks and hazards from any deficiencies identified in homes. It was introduced under the Housing Act 2004.

If we take action, we can make a reasonable charge to recover certain expenses incurred in:

  • serving an improvement notice
  • making a prohibition order
  • serving a hazard awareness notice
  • taking emergency remedial action
  • making an emergency prohibition order
  • making a demolition order under section 265 of the Housing Act 1985

We'll also charge for reviewing a notice that's been suspended.

Hazard assessment

Council officers rate each individual hazard in a property on a scale. This leads to a hazard score for each of the 29 hazards incorporated in the HHSRS.

We're guided by three main points when making an enforcement decision:

  • the HHSRS hazard rating
  • whether we have a duty or power under the act to take action
  • the best way of dealing with a hazard taking into account the enforcement guidance

More information about the enforcement action we can take, including improvement notices, prohibition orders and emergency action, can be found at the GOV.UK website.

The GOV.UK website also features lots of HHSRS guidance for landlords.

Page last updated 16/09/2016