HHSRS - implications for social landlords

It is more than ten years since the Housing Act 2004 introduced the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) in May 2006 to replace the housing fitness standard – but in practice many social landlords still have staff unfamiliar with the HHSRS.

HHSRS - implications for social landlords

The law requires a home to be free of serious (Category 1) hazards. Just one Category 1 hazard will mean that a property fails the Decent Homes standard, and also that a landlord may be exposed to the risk of legal action. Local authority staff are increasingly taking enforcement action against property owners from all tenures including social landlords.

The HHSRS is much broader than the fitness standard it replaced. It covers issues such as heating and insulation, condensation, falls, fire, electrics, carbon monoxide, noise, asbestos, etc. This practical course explains what the hazards are and the way the system works. It also sets out the implications for Decent Homes and for inspections and maintenance programmes. There is an emphasis throughout on the practicalities for social landlords and on a ‘real world’ approach.

The course is available in both one- and two-day options.

Delegates will learn:

  • The principles of the HHSRS and how it works
  • How to recognise hazards and how to use the statutory guidance
  • How to identify deficiencies in properties and relate them to hazards, how to assess outcomes and likelihoods, and how to score hazards
  • The implications of the HHSRS for social landlords in terms of Decent Homes, response and voids inspections, longer-term asset management and the risk of enforcement action.

Who should attend?

All staff involved with response repairs, void works, planned maintenance and major works. It is essential that both staff carrying out inspections and those with strategic responsibilities understand the system.

HHSRS - implications for social landlords

Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson has over 30 years’ experience in public and private sector housing. A chartered environmental health practitioner and a chartered surveyor, he has also worked as a housing manager responsible for over 11,000 properties. He is still actively involved in survey work, litigation and consultancy. He combines a wealth of ‘hands-on’ knowledge with an interactive training style and extensive experience.

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HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package, please contact us by emailing training@hqnetwork.co.uk