The Housing Health and Safety Ratings System (HHSRS) is a way of surveying properties to make sure they are safe to live in. We do inspections based on 29 hazards. For example:
- Fire hazards, we will check for smoke alarms, fire doors, emergency lighting and so on
- Carbon monoxide hazards, we will check the boiler, for carbon monoxide detectors and so on
The level of risk for each hazard is calculated. If there's a high or significant level of risk, by law, we must serve an enforcement notice or order.
We must carry out a HHSRS inspection if:
- there has been a complaint
- we are reviewing housing conditions as part of our duty
We also check to make sure the property meets legal requirements like pests problems, management standards and licences.