Fix repairs in your rented property or the Housing
Health and Safety Rating System Officer will come
to visit - you do not want that!
If you are a landlord who is not doing repairs at
the moment and they are essential I urge you to
think again! If you do not do an annual assessment
of your property in a detailed way to confirm there
are no health and safety risks, I urge you to stop
In 2004 the Housing Act changed the way the local
council can assess the housing condition of a rented
property using a risk assessment approach called
the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).
If your tenant feels that the property they are
living in has health and safety hazards, they can
call the council to have one of their officers to
arrange an inspection.
HHSRS officer will inspect a dwelling and will look
for any risk of harm to an actual or potential occupier
of the dwelling, which results from any deficiency
that can give rise to a hazard. The officer will
judge the severity of the risk by thinking about
the likelihood of an occurrence that could cause
harm over the next 12 months, and the range of the
harms that it could result in. The officers will
categorise risks to health and safety into the following:
- must be done! No ifs or buts these are dangerous
hazards to your tenant which need to be done immediately.
2 hazards - these come into 2 types.
If this hazard could turn into a category 1 hazard
then the officer will enforce repair. If not then
it is a recommendation and it is up to you as the
landlord if you want to get it repaired.
are 29 separate types of hazards under the HHSRS
and the most common of which are damp and mould
growth, excess cold and fire.
Responsible landlords will need and want to be able
to identify those factors that may increase the
likely-hood of harm to a tenant. On every property
that we take on we perform a free 793 point property
condition report which looks at the fixtures and
fittings of a property. This has been designed to
make sure your property is safe for the rental market
and lists any future liabilities that you need to
be aware of.
understand that money is tight for landlords at
the moment but it is essential that we provide safe
properties for our tenants. Since if you don't the
council could force you to do repairs which they
"deem necessary" or if there is an accident
you could have a claim on your landlords insurance
which could lead to a large pay-out. For example
we heard of a tenant falling down some stairs and
a no-win no-fee solicitor hounding the landlord
for a ten figure settlement, which subsequently
the insurance settled. So remember stay safe.