Advice for landlords

Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)

The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) also known as 'The Rating System', evaluates potential health and safety risks which could be caused by problems (or 'deficiencies') in homes.

The underlying principle of the HHSRS is that:

  • 'all residential premises should provide a safe and healthy environment for any potential occupier or visitor'.

Landlords' guide to HHSRS can be downloaded here.

The severity of a defect is rated  A to J with band A representing the highest risk of injury or ill health.

Our responsibilities

Local Authorities have a duty to take appropriate enforcement action to resolve the hazard in bands A, B or C and have the power to take some action for any hazards D to J. Our Housing Standards Enforcement Policy allows for enforcement action to be taken in respect of band D hazards.

Within Hambleton District Council the most commonly found Category 1 hazard which landlords are required to address are:

  • excess cold
  • falls (including falls on stairs / falls associated with baths and falls between levels)
  • fire