An introduction to HHSRS and housing standards

This virtual training is aimed at frontline workers who frequently go into residents’ properties. It raises awareness and knowledge of the property condition issues they need to look out for.

An introduction to HHSRS and housing standards

The course covers the HHSRS itself, the broad legal framework under which tenants and visitors can bring claims against a landlord and the enforcement powers used by local housing authorities. 

Topics include:

  • HHSRS in outline
  • The 29 hazards – what to look for when visiting properties with a special focus on:
    • Damp and mould growth
    • Excess cold
    • Asbestos
    • Carbon monoxide
    • Entry by intruders
    • Domestic hygiene
    • Pests and refuse
    • Food safety
    • Personal hygiene
    • Sanitation and drainage
    • Falling – on level surfaces, on stairs and falling between levels
    • Electrical hazards
    • Fire and flames
    • Hot surfaces, etc
  • The enforcement regime – local housing authority powers including prosecution and the new civil penalties (up to £30k per offence)
  • The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation Act) 2018 and the implications for social landlords.

Who should attend?

Everyone who regularly visits tenants and residents in their homes including housing officers, support workers, technical staff. Suitable for new staff as well as those seeking a refresher on HHSRS. 

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.