Housing health and safety ratings system

The housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS) is a risk-based evaluation tool to help us, and other local councils, identify and protect against potential risks and hazards to health and safety from any deficiencies identified in local rented accommodation.

It was introduced under the Housing Act 2004 and applies to residential properties in England and Wales.

This assessment method focuses on identying hazards that are present in housing and tackling these hazards to make housing healthier and safer to live in.

The government has put together guidance aimed at non-specialists (in particular private landlords), to help them understand the requirements under the Housing Act 2004 and help them identify the type of work that is needed on their properties to conform with the HHSRS.

Read the Housing health and safety rating system: guidance for landlords and property-related professionals for more information.