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 severtity 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
2. Excess cold
3. Excess heat
10. Volatile organic compounds
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 thier 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. Faiure 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 independant 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.Negotiate with the local authority.
Prepare appeals to the Residential Property Tribunal.
>Greater knowledge and experience of buildings than most Local Authority Enforcement Officers (often with limited qualifications) enables us to prepare powerful rebuttals of their assessments and reports for uses in appeals/>
HOUSING HEALTH AND SAFETY RATING SYSTEM