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Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)
What is the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)?
The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is a system which Housing Standards officers must use to assess the seriousness of hazards in someone’s home.
There are up to 29 hazards that an officer may have to look at.
The Council has a legal duty to address category one hazards (the most serious) using formal action against a landlord and a power to do the same with regard to category two hazards.
Some of the most common hazards found in private rented sector homes are excessive cold, dampness and mould growth, fire, crowding and space, electrical hazards and falls (on stairs, steps and on the level).
If you are a landlord and want to know more about HHSRS you can read the following:
- The 29 Hazards: A Landlord's Guide
- The Ideal property: A landlords Guide
- Asset Skills’ Housing Health and Safety Rating System: Essential Information for Landlords and Agents
If you would like to know more about our approach to enforcement of housing standards in the private rented sector, please email the Housing Standards Team or phone 01332 640764.
If you are a tenant and wish to contact the Housing Standards Team about your living conditions use our tenants contact form. If you are a tenant or prospective tenant you can download and print our Private Renters checklist to take to property viewings, which is based on the Derby City Council Landlords Charter .
Other useful resources for tenants: