Let's dive deeper into the HHSRS Housing Health and Safety Rating System.
Categories of Hazards Assessed Under HHSRS
The 29 hazards assessed under the HHSRS fall into four categories: physical, physiological, psychological, and safety. These hazards include things like damp and mould, excess cold or heat, poor lighting or ventilation, noise, and fire risks.
Hazard Scoring System
Each hazard is scored on a scale of 1 to 25, depending on its severity. For example, a small patch of damp might score a 1, while severe mould growth affecting multiple rooms might score a 25. The total score for all hazards determines the property's overall hazard rating, which falls into one of 10 categories ranging from category A (the most severe) to category J (the least severe).
Responsibilities of Landlords
Landlords are responsible for ensuring their properties meet the HHSRS standards, which means identifying and addressing any hazards. Failure to do so can result in enforcement action by the local authority, such as improvement notices or prohibition orders. Landlords may also face fines if they fail to comply with the regulations.
Tenant Rights and Reporting Hazards
As a tenant, you have the right to live in a safe and healthy environment. If you believe your property has hazards that are affecting your health and safety, you have the right to report them to your landlord or the local authority. The local authority has a duty to investigate and take enforcement action if necessary.
Assistance from RE/MAX Elite
At RE/MAX Elite, our team of experienced agents can provide advice and guidance on the HHSRS and help ensure your property meets the standards. We can assist landlords in identifying and addressing any hazards, ensuring compliance with the regulations and avoiding an enforcement action. For tenants, we can provide information on your rights and how to report any hazards to the relevant authorities.
Importance of Awareness
So, whether you're a landlord or a tenant, it's important to be aware of the HHSRS and your obligations and rights under the system. Contact RE/MAX Elite today to learn more about how we can help you navigate the HHSRS and ensure your property is safe and compliant.